AAA: Call volume doubles for dead car batteries

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AAA: Call volume doubles for dead car batteries. Christie Ileto reports during Action News at 10 p.m. on January 31, 2019.

By late Thursday afternoon, AAA Mid-Atlantic received more than 800 calls in the Philadelphia region for dead batteries.

That's 50 percent of its total calls, and more than double the battery call volume for the same day last year.

"We know we're going to be really busy when it gets really cold." Anthony Love of AAA said. "The colder it is, it just kills the battery."

Love said members were experiencing long wait times, but not because of a lack of hard work.

"We have some members waiting three to four hours and it's not because drivers aren't working, it's just that busy. And for the most part we have guys doing overtime," said Love.

AAA is warning drivers to check your batteries and don't let your car sit idle for long periods of time in this weather.

Love added, "The number one problem, batteries are getting old and people don't know how old their batteries are."

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