Get Your Car Ready for A Summer Road Trip


Is your family planning to hit the open road this summer for an exciting family road trip? Whether you’re going to visit the local sights or drive cross-country, you can help make sure your vacation is a success by doing a little extra car maintenance before you leave.


Is Your Car Battery Losing Its Spark?

As temperatures rise, your car battery’s power may go down. And if your vehicle has been sitting dormant for an extended period, it may need some TLC. Driving your vehicle for at least 30 minutes per week, preferably on the highway without stop-and-go traffic, gives it a good workout. And one of the best ways to extend your car battery’s life, especially when it sits unused, is to attach a Battery Tender®.

Look for these signs that your battery is on the decline. By putting in some preventative maintenance now, you can avoid a big headache and a lot of disappointment later in your trip.

  • Do You Smell That? If you’re greeted with the unpleasant smell of rotten eggs when starting your car, it’s a warning sign your battery is on the fritz. The battery is likely old or sulphated, meaning you’re headed for a breakdown.
  • What’s My Age Again? When things age, they move a bit slower – a car battery is no different. Car batteries last on average for three to six years. However, excessive heat and infrequent use can speed up this process.
  • Looking … Not So Good? Appearances matter when it comes to a car battery. If you notice the case is cracked or bulging, it’s time to call in a AAA Battery Service Technician.
  • Who Turned Off the Lights? If certain car accessories fail or perform in a reduced capacity, get your car battery checked. You may also notice that headlights or interior lights are dim or flickering as your battery nears the end of its life.

The AAA Mobile Battery Service Program

Schedule a battery test today with the AAA Mobile Battery Service Program. A Technician comes to you to test your battery and replace it onsite, if needed. Your old battery is also safely and responsibly recycled. And the best part? You get to avoid sitting in a crowded repair shop. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on vacation, we’re here for you.

You can also request service by calling 1.800.AAA.HELP or downloading the AAA Mobile app for easy access.