How to Avoid Common Roadside Problems

It doesn’t matter if you drive a brand-new 2017 Audi Q7 or an older Audi model. There are still some things you should do to avoid common roadside problems during your next road trip.

Cliff Ruud, AAA’s managing director of AAA Automotive, said, ““Roadside breakdowns continue to rise each year and can be a safety hazard for everyone on the road…travelers can minimize their risk by planning ahead and preparing properly.”

According to AAA, 75 percent of American motorists intend to drive to their vacation destinations this summer, but 40 percent of them aren’t prepared for emergency breakdowns. A recent survey shows that more than 65 percent of American drivers have never been proactive about testing their car’s battery, 20 percent don’t know how to change a tire, and 40 percent don’t have an emergency kit in their automobile.

AAA estimates that it will rescue about seven million stranded motorists over the summer. The automotive authority anticipates that battery, lock, and tire related issues will be the three leading reasons drivers will request roadside assistance.

To avoid being one of the millions of drivers who’ll request roadside assistance this summer, everyone at our Los Angeles, CA Audi dealership recommends you do the following before you leave home:

  • Put an Emergency Kit in Your Car: In a recent blog post, we discussed the importance of having an emergency kit in your car and the things you should always have in your vehicle in case you breakdown. In addition to the items mentioned in that post, remember to pack extra food and water for your pets if you’re traveling with them this summer.
  • Bring a Spare Key: With lockouts being one of the top three reasons stranded motorists call AAA for help, it’s important for you to take steps to avoid being locked out of your car. You should bring a spare key when you travel and store it in an accessible location. If you have a keyless entry remote or smart key, keep it away from water and remember to replace the battery before it runs out.
  • Make a Service Appointment: The most important thing you can do to avoid a breakdown is make an appointment with our Audi service center near Woodland Hills, CA before you leave town. Having your oil changed, battery tested, and tires inspected by factory-trained professionals can greatly reduce the chances you’ll breakdown on the road. Bring your car into Keyes Audi now.


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