Emergency Roadside Assistance calls are expected to increase, as batteries can die in cold weather

Posted at 6:27 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 06:27:29-05

BALTIMORE — AAA Mid-Atlantic officials say thousands of people called for roadside assistance Monday and most of those calls were from drivers whose cars wouldn't start.

Operators received nearly 16,000 calls across the Mid-Atlantic region by 7:00 p.m. Monday night.

Here in Maryland, AAA received more than 1,800 calls by 4:00 p.m. Most of those calls came from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll and Howard Counties

Officials said, if you parked outside you might want to give yourself some extra time to make sure your car starts.

The average life of a battery is four to five years. AAA officials say many of the batteries that go out during the cold are already running on borrowed time.

A jump may work for some, but if your battery is older than five years it's recommended to also check your tires before driving off this morning.

For every 10 degrees the temperature drops you lose a pound of pressure. Under-inflated tires could leave you stranded on the side of the road.