RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts nearly 115,000 motorists in Virginia will need help with vehicle breakdowns this summer.
AAA Mid-Atlantic manager of public and government affairs Martha Mitchell Meade says motorists can avoid many of these headaches with basic car maintenance, such as checking batteries, coolant levels and tire inflation and wear.
AAA also encourages motorists to carry emergency roadside kits.
The motor club says more than 8 million motorists nationwide can expect to get stranded on the road through Labor Day.
A local car technician said preventative maintenance is the best way to be safe against a breakdown, and would save you money compared to getting stranded. "Well, you're going to have to figure out a tow first of all because you're not going to be able to fix your car on the side of the road. Then, if you go to a repair station, you don't know who they are and you don't know their reputation. Just fixing things at home where you know what's going on would be easier," Chris Holden from K.A.R. Towing in Harrisonburg.