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AAA Mid-Atlantic: 31,600 Service Calls From Stranded Motorists

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TOWSON, Md. - Since Friday's storm and through yesterday, AAA Mid-Atlantic says they have handled over 31,600 service calls throughout their region, a 45 percent increase compared to the same time last year. 

According to reports, nearly 8,000 of those calls were from stranded Maryland motorists, and seventy percent of the calls were for towing and dead batteries.  The auto club says they have also recorded significantly more calls than a week ago before the extreme weather surfaced and temperatures plummeted. AAA Mid-Atlantic says they received about 370 calls in Delaware and about 1,400 calls in Virginia just yesterday.

Officials say because of the long holiday, many members had not started their vehicles for two weeks, and unfortunately found that their cars wouldn't start after sitting dormant, coupled with the cold temperatures. They say they expect to see high levels of calls for service over the next few days.

AAA Mid-Atlantic is saying if you do not have to go out in these frigid temperatures and are not planning to use your vehicle for several days, to at least start your vehicle and let it run it for a few minutes to avoid any problems. For motorists that do have to use their cars, AAA Mid-Atlantic suggests giving yourself extra travel time, driving easily during the first few miles to warm up your car gently, and dressing warmly.

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