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Don’t Let Your Car Break Down on a Holiday: AAA Tips on What to Check Before You Go

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As Southern New England braces for record cold temps this week, Thanksgiving Day travelers certainly won’t want to be belted or hosed on their way to Granny’s for pumpkin pie. —an announcement from AAA Northeast, the regional affiliate of the American Automobile Association
AAA Northeast reminds holiday travelers that cars, like humans, need seasonal checkups to maintain safety, maximize efficiency and prevent unexpected repair costs, especially on a holiday road trip. Severe cold and wind are predicted for the holiday travel period this week. In fact, in the last century, according to the National Weather Service, Hartford’s lowest recorded temp on November 22 was 14 degrees in 1969. This Thanksgiving, the lowest temperature is projected to be about 11 degrees.

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AAA: Vehicle Repairs Cost Double for High Tech Safety Features

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Your new car’s high-tech safety features, such as blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning, may be designed to save your life in crashes, but not your money when it comes to repairs. — an announcement from the American Automobile Association and  AAA Northeast
Vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can cost twice as much to repair after a collision because of expensive sensors and calibration requirements, a new AAA Automotive Engineering study reports. In fact, minor roadway incidents damaging the technology behind a vehicle’s windshield, bumpers and side mirrors can add up to $3,000 in extra costs. Many new cars, including base models, now feature high-tech systems that do indeed offer many safety benefits. But minor damage will inevitably affect your pocketbook because components may have to be replaced and re-calibrated, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman.

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AAA: The Time You’re Most Likely to Hit a Deer Is NOW Thru December: Here’s How to Avoid It

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) estimates there were more than 4,000 deer strikes in Connecticut last year, most of which went unreported. In fact, October, November and December – deer mating season — are the peak months for crashes in the Nutmeg State, according to a AAA Northeast crash data analysis, with more than three-quarters of the crashes occurring between outside daylight hours. Deer crashes are most prevalent weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., during the evening rush. — an announcement from AAA Northeast, this region’s affiliate of the American Automobile Association

“Drivers need to be especially vigilant at dusk,” says Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast’s spokeswoman. “Deer present dangers to you, to your vehicle, and to themselves so it behooves everyone to be prepared since such crashes can be costly, even deadly.”

According to the UCONN Crash Data repository, deer strikes contributed to fatal crashes in each of the past two years.

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AAA Poll: Plurality of CT Drivers, But Not a Majority, Say Tolls Are Best Way to Finance Transportation

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Connecticut motorists support tolling over other transportation funding options, and strongly support a constitutional amendment for a transportation lock box, according to a statewide survey by two American Automobile Association clubs in the state. According to the exclusive AAA poll, almost three times as many Connecticut drivers support tolls (47%) over any of the other options, but none of the proposed solutions garnered majority support. __________

— an announcement from AAA Northeast


The survey, conducted for AAA Allied and AAA Northeast  from Jan. 12-14, asked 980 Connecticut drivers their opinions on transportation funding issues. The AAA survey found:
o   Adding tolls on existing Connecticut interstates — 47%
o   Increasing federal and state gas taxes instead of tolls — 16%
o   Charging a fee based on annual miles driven — 5%
o   Don’t support any of the three options above — 30%
o   Don’t believe additional funding is needed — 2%
This November, Connecticut voters will be asked to approve or deny a constitutional amendment requiring that transportation-related fees are dedicated solely to the state’s Special Transportation Fund and not diverted to other uses.