AAA delivers car batteries ahead of frigid temps - WFSB 3 Connecticut

AAA delivers car batteries ahead of frigid temps

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AAA said it stocked 200 car batteries at its West Hartford location alone. (WFSB photo) AAA said it stocked 200 car batteries at its West Hartford location alone. (WFSB photo)
With more calls expected this weekend due to the bitter cold, more batteries were delivered to AAA in West Hartford on Friday. (AAA) With more calls expected this weekend due to the bitter cold, more batteries were delivered to AAA in West Hartford on Friday. (AAA)
AAA said it anticipates an increase in roadside assistance calls as wind chills for the weekend could reach as low as -30. (AAA) AAA said it anticipates an increase in roadside assistance calls as wind chills for the weekend could reach as low as -30. (AAA)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

AAA said it expects to work overtime because of the frigid temperatures forecasted for the weekend.

That's why it delivered 200 car batteries on Friday to its fleet in West Hartford.

That's double the number it usually stocks for that location.

"It's going to be a long cold weekend and we expect that will translate to a busy weekend for our Emergency Roadside Service," said AAA spokesperson Amy Parmenter.  "We will be prepared."

AAA said it anticipates an increase in roadside assistance calls as wind chills for the weekend could reach as low as -30.

As of midday on Friday, it said its crews responded to more than 500 calls for help. That averages out to be about 100 calls per hour since 8 a.m.

"Battery calls are double what they would typically be at this time of year but we’ve also seen an increase in calls for tows and of course tires," Parmenter said,

The auto club said it will try to rescue all stranded members as quickly as possible to limit any exposure to the cold.

For more on AAA, check out its website here.

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