Logan CrawfordJan 10, 2018, 6:59 pmJan 11, 2018, 12:03 pm

AAA reports influx of weather-related distress calls from drivers

The number of requests for help overwhelmed their phone system

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MINEOLA — The American Automobile Association says they've had an unprecedented number of calls for nearly two weeks from drivers needing help with their car out in the cold. On average, they were getting 770 calls every hour, which overwhelmed their phone system. Spokespeople say they haven't seen these numbers in 20 to 30 years.

Robert Sinclair of AAA says more than half of the calls they received were for dead car batteries. He advises drivers to get car batteries tested after three years of use since the cold weather can drain weak batteries quickly.

With warmer weather melting the snow and cold nights freezing melted water on the roads, AAA says drivers should watch for black ice Wednesday into Thursday.

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