Record number of calls for emergency road-side assistance

8:14 PM, Jan 4, 2014   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A record number of drivers were needing emergency assistance for their vehicles on Friday.

Pat Moody of AAA Northern New England says the company received 8,000 calls from drivers, all within a 24-hour period. The previous record was 7,400 calls, 3 or 4 years ago, he said.

AAA of Northern New England serves drivers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The call center, based in Portland, asked a call center in Texas to help assist drivers in New England. 

"We have everybody answering calls. We even had our Presidents, our Vice Presidents."

On Friday, weather temperatures across Maine were unseasonably low. 

Portland's low temperature reached -6, Houlton -16 and Greenville -17. The record low to date was -16 set in 1957.

"The vast majority of calls we were responding to were folks needing to be jump started, or folks that either slid off the side of roads or slid out of their driveway." 

AAA advises that over the weekend, drivers warm-up their vehicles periodically and check the life of the car battery."Take a quick trip around the block just to get the blood flowing in the vehicle to make sure it's getting used over the weekend so Monday morning when you head out, you turn that key and it turns on."


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