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Emergency Road Service Calls Increase, Says AAA Michigan

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 5, 2005 -- Winter weather has caused AAA call center volumes to increase, AAA Michigan reported today.

As of 4:30 p.m. today, the Auto Club assisted more than 2,171 motorists. The major problems experienced by AAA members were spinouts, minor crashes, dead batteries and ignition issues.

To ensure that they arrive safely at their final destinations, motorists should be sure to follow these AAA driving tips:

* Slow down. Posted speeds are set for ideal conditions.

* Don't tailgate. Following the car in front too closely can result in a crash.

  *  Accelerate and brake gradually so wheels don't spin.
  *  Anticipate traffic lights and potential dangers.
  *  Improve visibility by clearing snow and ice from the entire car.