Christine Delise
Sr. Public Relations Specialist, MD
O: (410) 616-1900 (ext. 4361153)
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cdelise@aaamidatlantic.com

TOWSON, MD (October 4, 2017) –– October is Car Care Month and AAA Mid-Atlantic is advising drivers to prepare their vehicle now before Old Man Winter is knocking on the door. Vehicle maintenance is key and there are a few simple things every driver can do to make sure their car is road-ready for the winter ahead.

 

“Learning how to handle common maintenance issues is beneficial to anyone who gets behind the wheel,” said Jim Spires, Regional Director of AAA’s Car Care Centers in Annapolis, Crofton, and Glen Burnie. “Proper maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent costly repairs.”

 

In the past, vehicle maintenance needs were relatively simple and consistent across automakers. Today’s engineering advancements require less maintenance at less frequent intervals. Examples include oil-change intervals now recommended at 5,000 to 10,000 or more miles, transmission fluids designed to last 100,000 miles and sealed batteries that never need to have fluid added. Even with these advancements, vehicles still require routine services that are important to maintaining the performance and safety of the vehicle.

 

October is the perfect month for motorists to make sure their vehicles are winter ready. The weather is mild, and there is plenty of time to deal with the potentially costly repairs before winter weather sets in.

 

To celebrate October Car Care Month, AAA Mid-Atlantic will be hosting Car Care Events on October 7 from 9am – 1pm at AAA Car Care Insurance Travel Stores in Maryland. The free event, open to the public, offers special promotions, vehicle maintenance, safe driving tips, giveaways, and refreshments. More information can be found at AAA.com/Events.

 

AAA’s trained auto technicians will conduct complimentary maintenance, tire pressure and battery checks. The auto club recommends motorists call ahead to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability.

 

AAA Car Care Insurance Travel Stores in Maryland

 

Annapolis

2054 Somerville Road

Annapolis, MD

21401

410-757-7400

Brandywine

16301 Crain Highway

Brandywine, MD 20613

301-909-9519

Columbia

7065 Minstrel Way

Columbia, MD 21046

301-362-2380

Crofton

898 Route 3 South

Gambrills, MD 21054

410-774-9191

Frederick

5620 Buckeystown Pike

Frederick, MD

21704

240-397-7414

 

Gaithersburg

16045 Shady Grove Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20877

301-795-3050

Glen Burnie

10 Holsum Way

Glen Burnie, MD 21060

410-487-0505

Rockville

718 Rockville Pike

Rockville, MD 20852

301-944-9519

Towson

1019 York Road

Towson, MD

21204

410-616-1580

Timonium

2223 York Road

Timonium, MD 21093

410-616-1000

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White Marsh

5375 Campbell Blvd.

Nottingham, MD

21236

410-406-9510

  

To ensure your vehicle is properly maintained, AAA recommends that motorists:

 

  • Read the maintenance requirements set by your car’s manufacturer in the owner’s manual. There is no longer a “standard” maintenance schedule for vehicle services – including brake fluid. Each automaker has different requirements, making your owner’s manual the most accurate resource.
  • Inspect brakes as recommended in your owner’s manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, pulling, noises while braking or longer stopping distance. Correct minor brake problems promptly. Check your owner’s manual to see if the brake fluid should be changed at a specific interval. If no interval is specified for brake fluid service, AAA suggests flushing the system every two years or anytime the brake system is serviced.
  • Follow the recommendations of in-vehicle maintenance reminders, as they have the best information to determine maintenance needs for your vehicle because they account for how you actually drive. However, many reminder systems do not specifically cover maintenance operations that need to be performed on a time or mileage basis – such as brake fluid and coolant flushes or timing-belt replacement.
  • Every car requires routine maintenance and repair so work with a local repair shop you trust. The best time to find a mechanic or auto repair shop is before you need one. Start by asking friends and family for recommendations of repair shops and mechanics. Visit AAA.com to find nearby AAA Car Care Centers and AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, take your vehicle to your top candidate shop for routine maintenance. While there, talk with the employees and take a look at the facility and consider the following questions:
  • Does the facility have up-to-date equipment?
  • Were you offered a written estimate?
  • Does the shop offer a nationwide warranty on parts and labor?
  • Are customer areas clean, comfortable and well organized?  

When having your car serviced, follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule to avoid under- or over-maintaining your vehicle. Oil changes, tire rotations, changing transmission fluid, and replacing an air filter are the types of routine maintenance recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. The maintenance schedule for these services and more can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual.

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AAA provides automotive, travel and insurance services to 58 million members nationwide and more than 937,000 members in Maryland.  AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years.  The not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android.  For more information, visit AAA.com.

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