AAA Service Calls Spike as Temps Dip


Dearborn, Michigan (December 27, 2017) — With this week’s cold front gripping the Mitten State and a weather forecast  dipping into the sub-zero temperature territory, AAA Michigan is issuing a statewide Cold Weather Warning with the following  updates:


AAA Roadside  Service

When it comes to sub-zero temperature preparation and customer service, it’s “all hands on deck” for AAA’s roadside service team.  AAA’s service call volume is up 157%.  As reflected in the current stats below, calls for dead battery problems are typically higher during cold snaps like this.


AAA’s Top Three Service Call Customer Requests

  • Battery problems (38.5%)
  • Towing (35.5%)
  • Tire problems (11.1%)


AAA Road Service Reminders

Motorists requiring road service can request it:


AAA Cold Weather Warning

  • Motorist Advice
  • Check traffic and weather conditions through local media outlets before heading out.
  • Have battery and charging system tested to ensure they are fully charged and in good condition.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • Use windshield washer fluid with a winter solvent that won’t freeze.
  • Use engine coolant that provides anti-freeze protection down to the lowest temperatures you expect to encounter; -30oF/-34oC is a good guideline.
  • Park vehicles in a garage.
  • If you have no garage, put a tarp over the hood or park protected from prevailing winds.
  • To keep doors from freezing shut, place a plastic trash bag between the door or window glass and the frame.
  • Postpone car washing  until the temperature is above freezing.
  • Stranded Motorist Advice
  • Stay with the vehicle as long as it is safe to do so.
  • If the engine can be started, run it only long enough to keep warm.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe is snow-free.

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