If Your Car Isn’t Going Anywhere During the Pandemic: Some Maintenance Tips

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Just because you’re not putting miles on your car now as you routinely do, doesn’t mean you should ignore simple maintenance during a time when many of us are working from home, says AAA Northeast. — an announcement from AAA Northeast

Like most of us nowadays, your car probably isn’t moving as much; and depending upon how long your vehicle sits, things can happen: dead batteries, stale fuel, rusty brakes, even critters nesting in vehicle nooks and crannies, says Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “For those of us who have time to catch up on things we’ve overlooked or ignored in the past, now is a good time to get ‘cranking’ on car maintenance,” said Mayko. AAA Northeast offers these simple tips to keep your vehicle running properly during extended off-road periods:

Fill your tank and add a gasoline stabilizer to help extend the life of fuel and prevent the buildup of condensation. Inflate the tires to manufacturer recommendation to prevent flat spots.

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AAA: THC Amount Doubled in Victims of Fatal Crashes Since Pot Legalized in Washington State

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New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that of Washington state drivers involved in fatal crashes, the percentage who tested positive for active THC doubled since that state legalized pot in 2012. — an announcement from AAA Northeast
The increase after the state legalized recreational marijuana raises important traffic safety concerns for drivers across the country, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “AAA’s message is if you’ve used marijuana, don’t drive,” she said. “And if you plan to drive, don’t use marijuana.”
The latest Foundation research reports nearly 9% of drivers involved in fatal crashes were positive for THC between 2008 and 2012 — the five-year period before the drug was legalized in Washington State. That percentage rose to 18% between 2013 and 2017, the research reports.