AAA anticipates 73,000 vehicle calls through Sunday

- The Auto Club of Southern California told FOX 11 on Wednesday that they anticipate responding to 73,000 calls for help from drivers in SoCal freeways through the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

“The primary reasons will be dead batteries, flat tires and then of course people locking themselves out of their vehicle,” said Doug Shupe, a AAA spokesman. “A lot of people who call us, they’re in a time of crisis when they’re stranded on the side of the freeway, traffic is going by them very quickly, and they’re panicked, and these experts are here talking people through, calming them down, and letting them know we’re gonna get to them, and get them back on their way as quickly as possible.”

AAA estimates that close to 4 million people will travel in SoCal for the holiday, with 86% of them deciding to drive more than 50 miles.

AAA says the top 5 destinations for SoCal travelers are San Francisco, San Diego, Anaheim, the Grand Canyon, and Santa Barbara.

The Disneyland Resort is the second most popular travel destination in the country.

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