Delayed car maintenance putting drivers at greater risk on the road

Posted at 6:05 AM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-08 06:05:00-04

TAMPA, Fla. - A recent AAA survey revealed that 35 percent of motorists skip or delay service or repairs that are recommended by a mechanic or listed in the vehicle’s factory maintenance manual, putting them at greater risk of breakdowns and roadside emergencies.

In 2014, AAA responded to more than 29 million calls for roadside assistance, with the majority due to battery failure, flat tires or keys locked inside the vehicle.

According to a recent survey, two thirds of Americans have never had their car battery tested prior to their vehicle failing to start. AAA recommends that drivers have their vehicle’s battery tested when it reaches three years of age and on an annual basis thereafter. 

AAA found that 60 percent of Americans do not check tire pressures regularly. Tire pressures, including the spare tire, should be checked at least once a month, and when tread depth reaches 4/32” AAA recommends replacing tires. 

AAA's spokesman says the organization receives 12 million calls each year related to engine trouble, fuel issues and other mechanical misfortunes.