Consumer Alert: Experts warn to prepare for car breakdowns this summer

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The summer travel season has arrived, meaning more cars are on the road. Experts say one in three of those drivers in the United States will have their vehicle break down this year.

Tracy Noble, of AAA, said the company expects to rescue 7 million people this summer and urges driver to be prepared with a car emergency kit.

“Most of these items people have in their garage,” she said.

Noble said to begin with obvious items, such as jumper cables, flares and rain ponchos, but also include basic tools, including a screwdriver, duct tape and zip ties.

A small First Aid kit is also a good idea, as well as a flashlight and some type of power source, Noble said.

“(It’s) always good to have those extra batteries,” she said.

Additionally, be aware of a vehicle’s equipment and what is might not include, such as a spare tire.

“If it has a spare tire, make sure it's inflated,” Noble said.

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