Cold stresses car batteries and road service providers

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Anyone who's driven for very long knows how bitterly cold weather can be a problem for cars, in general, and car batteries, in particular.

Just ask any of the thousands of drivers AAA of Kansas road service has responded to in just the last month for jump starts, tows, lock service and other car needs.

AAA Fleet Supervisor in Wichita is Bryan Page. Page says, "We gear up heavy on a day like today when we get extremely low temperatures because we expect a high call volume."

Page says AAA was overwhelmed with calls during the last two cold snaps in late December and early January.

Page says, "Our resources were pushed to the limits both personnel-wise and equipment-wise."

AAA service technician Dane Wood says it was late into the night before all the calls could be responded to.

Thursday morning Wood is called to an east Wichita office complex to help Treva Jones get her car started.

Jones tells Wood, "It wouldn't start last night when I got off so I left it. lt was cold."

Wood tested the battery and told Jones, "It's time to change it. Or you're going to have the same problem again."

AAA reminds drivers stranded with dead cars to be prepared to wait and have blankets and coats in the car to keep warm until help can arrive.

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