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.