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AAA offers tips to drivers to not get stranded in the cold

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The AAA Roadside Rescue team says they've received 4,000 calls since Monday asking for help in the Tri-State.


Drivers say that vehicles won't start because of dead batteries or tire problems. 


As the cold temperatures come, AAA offers tips to not get stranded in the cold.


AAA offers some warning signs that you are at risk for a battery-related breakdown:

  • Your vehicle cranks slowly when trying to start
  • You hear a grinding, clicking or buzzing when you turn the ignition on.
  • Your vehicle has stalled
  • Your headlights dim when you are idling but brighten when the engine revs
  • When the batter is more than three years old

If a driver suspects a battery is failing, you should contact AAA.  Battery testing is provided as part of the free Roadside Assistance service members are entitled each year.


Drivers are encouraged to carry an emergency roadside kit. Emergency roadside kits include the following: fully-charged mobile phone and car charger, blankets, flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid kit, drinking water and snacks, small shovel and sack of sand, cat litter or traction mats, windshield scraper and brush, battery booster cables, emergency flares or reflectors. 


AAA also reminds drivers to keep an eye on the tire pressure as cold weather can reduce tire pressure.


To request AAA Emergency Road Service, people can use their mobile phones and go to www.AAA.com/mobile


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