AAA Colorado reported this week that it had come to the aid of more than 280,000 stranded motorists during 2009 – and were able to remedy 60 percent of motorists’ problems and send them on their way. The remaining 113,000 drivers needed a ride in a tow truck.

After the need for a tow, the second biggest issue AAA Colorado encountered was the need to replace or jump-start dead batteries. More 43,000 dead batteries, 42,000 sets of keys locked inside vehicles and approximately 31,000 tire changes kept the organization’s service providers busy.

“Many motorists can avoid roadside trouble with a little preventive maintenance and careful driving,” said Rob Wunsch, AAA Colorado Director of Automotive Services, who advised proper maintenance and automobile winterization to ensure a safe arrival.