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AAA Emergency Road Assistance Call Volume Breaks Record

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SALISBURY, Md.- Freezing temperatures recently caused a lot of trouble for some drivers in need of emergency roadside assistance, according to the latest AAA Mid-Atlantic report.

New data shows call volume shattered previous records at the agency on Monday, Feb. 16. The agency received 12,000 calls that Monday, the highest one-day call volume on record. The auto club responded to 5,706 battery-related calls, also a single-day record, which accounted for 47 percent of all calls.

“That's about right because if you don't stay on top of your vehicle then this is going to happen,” said Calvin Harmon Sr., who said he stays up-to-date on car maintenance. 

Paris Parker of Salisbury tells WBOC he's had trouble keeping his tires inflated as the temperature drops. Parker said winter has been brutal.

"It's a killer,” Parker said. “Every day I've got to pump up air in my tires.”

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, car batteries lose 60 percent of its strength when the temperature drops to zero degrees. Thirty-five percent of strength is lost when temps dip to 32 degrees. Most car batteries have a three-to-five year life span, but environmental conditions can impact long term health.

Warning signs that you are at risk for a battery-related breakdown include the following: hearing a grinding or clicking sound when you turn on the ignition, your vehicle cranks slowly when attempting to start, your headlights dim when idling but brighten when the engine is revved or your battery is more than 3-years-old.
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