January 8

Service calls to AAA rising with recent cold weather

AAA Northern New England has received about 4,000 each day since Saturday for dead car batteries and icy driveways.

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The cold snap is leading to an increase in calls to AAA Northern New England Wednesday morning by club members who need a jump-start or help getting out of an icy driveway.

Spokesman Patrick Moody said AAA has been getting about 4,000 calls a day since Saturday from members in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. That’s a little more than twice the average number of calls for a typical winter day, he said.

“It’s been busy, but not as busy as it was at the end of last week,” Moody said.

AAA set a record for call volume last Friday, at the tail end of a snow storm coupled with a cold snap. He said the organization got about 8,000 calls from members in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont during that 24-hour period from people needing to jump-start their cars or because of a mishap, such as sliding off a road or being stuck in a snow bank.

Edward D. Murphy can be contacted at 791-6465 or at:emurphy@pressherald.com

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