This summer may bring about the perfect storm for drivers. While warm weather and vacation plans cause many people to hit the roads, drivers have to be aware of the obstacles that could throw a wrench into their plans.
In fact, AAA predicts that it will have to help more than 8 million drivers who run into trouble on the roads during the next few months. This number doesn't even include those who may not have roadside assistance to reach out to - meaning that many more motorists could be left stranded after a breakdown.
More drivers on the road
Part of the reason so many drivers will need help is because millions of motorists are expected to get behind the wheel this summer. AAA reports that falling gas prices may encourage more people to drive to a destination. Costs per gallon of gas are already dropping dramatically, with the monthly average for April coming in at $3.55 per gallon - the lowest since 2010.
"Gas prices in much of the country have declined this spring because of lower oil costs, ample refinery production and continued weak demand," said AAA spokesman Avery Ash. "Gas prices have fallen faster and earlier than ever before for this time of year, and it is saving motorists millions of dollars per day in lower fuel costs."
The price of gas may decrease even further as the season goes on. By mid-summer, gas prices could fall anywhere from $3.20 to $3.40 per gallon, provided that there are no major international events that change the economic landscape.
Of course, you don't have to leave your vehicle's status to chance when you head out on a road trip. Before you set off on an adventure, plan to have a car tune up to take care of any maintenance issues. Things like getting an oil change or having auto alignment completed can ensure your automobile is in top shape, while checking car air conditioning service will allow you to drive in comfort for the duration of your trip.
"The best way to avoid a breakdown during a trip is to ensure your car is properly maintained before hitting the road," said John Nielsen, managing director of automotive engineering and repair for AAA. "But unexpected breakdowns can still occur, so for your safety and security, and that of your passengers, be sure to have access to a roadside assistance provider like AAA."