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.
Emergency Roadside Service requests continue to rise: As of 2:30pm, over 1,600 drivers in Maryland have called @AAAMidAtlantic, an increase of 400 calls in a two-hour time span since 12:30pm. Top 3 reasons for service: 1) Dead Batteries 2) Tows 3) Flat Tires. #AAAMDNews pic.twitter.com/XBTfNEsqcl
— AAA Mid-Atl MD News (@AAAMDNews) January 21, 2019
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.