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Today: Hot & Muggy with some Showers & Storms Popping Up in the Afternoon - Some Could Have Gusty Winds.
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UPDATE: AAA Responds to Unprecendented Number of Calls for Assistance

MIAMI VALLEY -- The cold weather is keeping AAA busier than ever.

On Tuesday, AAA responded to more than 800 calls for help, most for lock-outs, slide offs and dead batteries.

Drivers who are stranded are looking at an average wait time of two to three hours.

"What we're doing is taking stranded motorists first who are either on the highway or an unsafe environment compared to residential service where someone's in the heat," says Chris Overpeck with AAA.

Here are a few reminders to keep you from getting stuck:

  • Make sure your gas tank is at least half full to avoid a frozen fuel line
  • Check your antifreeze, which prevents engine block freezing
  • Use a lubricant to avoid frozen doors or locks; cooking spray works in a pinch
  • Pack a survival kit with blankets, clothes, a shovel, a flashlight and battery cables



MIAMI VALLEY -- The local AAA club reports that from midnight to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, it has received nearly 400 calls for assistance, and 350 of those calls came since 6 a.m.

According to AAA Miami Valley, the current weather conditions have created an unprecedented number of requests for assistance.

Road crews are working long hours to respond to the increase in demand and AAA officials appreciate everyone's patience.



Earlier coverage:

Protecting Your Car in Frigid Temps

MIAMI VALLEY -- Take necessary steps to protect your car this frigid morning.

This week, AAA has responded to more than 650 calls ranging in everything from slide offs, to dead batteries or frozen locks. And with Tuesday being the coldest day of the week they are preparing for another busy day.
   
Your car can definitely take a beating in these sub-zero temperatures, but there are a few things you can do to protect your car.
   
First you want to make sure your tires are ready for the road. This cold weather will cause tires to lose pressure and driving on under inflated tires can cause a blow out.
   
And cold weather can be extremely hard on your car battery. A battery can lose about 60 percent of its strength when temperatures reach 0 degrees or below.

AAA can jump start your car but if it takes a while for your vehicle to start,  that is a sign you should replace your battery. You may want to skip plugging in your iPod or phone charger; that could drain your car's battery even faster.
   
AAA is also seeing car locks freezing up, warming up your key will help unfreeze your lock.

A quick way to warm up your key is with a lighter.

 
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