Cold weather across Central VA draining car batteries - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Cold weather across Central VA draining car batteries


People across Central Virginia woke to hear the dreadful sound of a car refusing to start. 

"I was coming out, getting ready for work, starting my car, trying to start my car and got a clicking sound," said Earl King. "It wouldn't start so I had to call AAA."

A technician came out to check King's car Tuesday morning and confirmed his battery was dead. He isn't the only one with problems this morning. AAA is seeing similar calls all across Central Virginia.

"[It's] one of the main things that we see especially on a really cold day like today. We still get a lot of call for batteries. In fact, in the Richmond area nearly 40 percent of our calls have been people having dead batteries or just can't get going this morning," said Tammy Gobert said.

On Monday when the storm moved through the area there were more reports of cars getting stuck in the snow, now a day later those calls are still rolling in. Gobert says usually during the winter they see about 1,000 calls per day. That number jumps significantly anytime there is a major snow storm.

"Our call volume has definitely gone up especially since 6 a.m. and a lot of that has to do with people are trying to get into work during their normal morning commute," Gobert said.

Earl King is back on the road. He says next time he will prepare for the winter weather and suggests others do the same. If you have the means get prepared for winter with a fresh batter, fresh tires, fresh wires and all that type of stuff so you don't run into these type of problems.

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