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American AA says despite new technology, more breakdown callouts recorded

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 25 July 2016

THE American Automobile Association (AAA) is reporting that more cars broke down on the side of the road in 2015 than in any other year.

In fact, AAA says dead batteries, flat tires and key problems contributed to 32 million drivers needing to pull over and call for assistance.

The AAA says the technology in newer cars is one of the main reasons why so many people are left stranded.

It said that cars on the road for five years or less, are experience more key-related issues compared to older cars.

The problem is that keyless entry remotes (also known as fobs), continue to transmit signals to the receiver when left in the car. Over time, this can drain the battery, often leaving car drivers unbale to retart their cars.

And despite the advances in technology, AAA said they responded to four million calls in 2015 from drivers locked out of their vehicles.

Another huge issue centers around spare tyres. In recent years, standard car features have changed, and many manufactures have deleted spare tyres to reduce vehicle weight and boost fuel economy.

Instead, the AAA reports, about 36 percent of 2015 models came with a run-flat tire or a tire-inflation kit. These kits can mend flats, but they don’t fix the tire if there is damage to the sidewall or a full blowout. With no spare, these situations will require the driver to call a tow truck — which in some cases could cost more than just buying a spare tire.

Advances in technology have also made drivers lazy. Analog fuel gauges used to inaccurate and drivers would refill once the gauge showed a half tank left.

Today, low fuel alerts and range estimators allow drivers to push their tanks to the limit. Unfortunately, some drivers take it too far and run out of fuel on the side of the road.

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