Fast Company's Charlie Sorrel shares recent findings from the AAA, which show that newer automobiles—those less than five years old and offered with technological upgrades such as electronic, keyless ignitions—are more likely to break down and spend time in the shop than older models.
The newly published report found that the electronic ignitions can zap battery life and caused half a million drivers to run out of gas last year. Additionally, sleek, low-profile tires are more susceptible to damage.
The high-tech nature or modern automobiles also means that the good old-fashioned roadside fix is dying too. No more popping the hood and jiggling something until the car starts—today "one-in-five service calls for a newer vehicle required a tow to a repair facility," say the AAA’s figures.