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AAA WASHINGTON: MAPPING YOUR WAY IN ADVANCE CAN LEAD TO SAFER VACATION

 SEATTLE, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing campaign to help ensure the safety of travelers, AAA Washington announced today it urges vacationers to obtain a detailed map of their destination before leaving home.
 "Getting an accurate map of the area you intend to visit should be part of every traveler's trip planning process," advised Janet Ray, AAA Washington director of safety services. "Navigating unfamiliar roads is safer when you map your route beforehand to avoid high-crime areas."
 AAA produces folded sheet maps for 321 destinations in the United States for its members, who can also obtain detailed regional and city information through AAA's 31 TourBooks and CitiBooks.
 NEW SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR LODGINGS
 The American Automobile Association also announced stronger security requirements for AAA-approved lodgings that will affect two-thirds of the accommodations in the United States. Beginning this month, AAA requires deadbolt locks and peepholes to outer halls for all lodgings listed in its 1995 TourBooks.
 SAFETY TIPS FOR TRAVELERS ON THE ROAD
 AAA's campaign to protect travelers includes supporting stiff criminal penalties for carjacking and auto theft.
 Recently, AAA Washington urged car rental companies in the state to remove special identification and license plates from rental cars.
 AAA Washington also offers these suggestions to motorists traveling in unfamiliar areas as well as near home:
 -- If renting a car, choose a rental company that doesn't use stickers or other obvious identification such as special license plates on its vehicles.
 -- Keep doors locked and windows up while driving.
 -- Choose well-lit gas stations, convenience stores or other establishments frequented by the public when seeking directions. Never call a stranger to the car.
 -- Stay inside your locked car if you believe your vehicle was struck deliberately. Don't get out to inspect the damages. Instead, motion to the other driver to follow you, then drive to a well-lit public area and contact police.
 "At AAA Washington, we think it's important that travelers have the information they need for a safe journey, even before they pull out of the driveway," Ray said.
 AAA Washington is a not-for-profit travel club with offices in central and western Washington providing its members with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Janet Ray or Bruce Olsen, both of AAA Washington, 206-448-5353 or 800-562-2582, ext. 326/


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