Marilyn Buskohl
Public Affairs Director
O: (605) 310-4614
C: (605) 367-3964


Avoid a Car Battery Bummer This Summer

Free Battery Checks & Free Shred Event Offered June 1st

May 29, 2018 - - A battery on the brink of dying rarely warns a driver before it fails, but having a simple battery test will. AAA is offering free car battery tests by skilled technicians Friday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its 49th Street & Louise Ave. store in Sioux Falls and at 815 St. Joseph in Rapid City.

Most drivers are concerned about battery problems in winter, but South Dakota’s summer heat can be tougher on a car’s battery than the bitter cold. “The typical life of a battery is three years,” said Marilyn Buskohl, AAA spokesperson, “so if yours is nearing that, don’t wait to get it checked out.”

AAA’s recent roadside data analysis indicates that vehicles 10 years and older are twice as likely to breakdown compared to newer vehicles and four times more likely to have an issue serious enough to require a tow. 

“Long trips coupled with hot weather place additional strain on vehicles, so it is imperative for drivers to be proactive and prepare now, said Buskohl

Members and non-members alike are urged to take advantage of AAA’s Summer Kick-Off event June 1 which includes opportunities to:

  • SUMMER-IZE your car with free battery checks
  • SHRED old documents to protect against identity theft
  • PLAN your vacation with the help of our travel concierges (special cruise discounts)
  • RIGHT-SIZE your roadside rescue coverage
  • COMPARE rates on insurance for your home, car, boat, RV and motorcycle
  • PURCHASE memberships, luggage and travel accessories 

Refreshments and prize drawings will be offered. Information about the event is available at or by calling 605-221-1624.

TEDx Wilmington Salon

Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.

This event had:

  • 12 live talks given by 13 speakers
  • 368 people in attendance at the live event
  • More than 7,500 viewed the event online through Livestream, viewing events, and on the AAA Associate network
  • Online viewers came from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries around the world

View a slideshow from the event

This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA

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