Motorist calls to Bluegrass AAA triple during cold snap, approach record

ctruman@herald-leader.comJanuary 7, 2014 

On Monday and Tuesday, AAA Bluegrass received three times the number of calls that it normally takes on inclement weather days, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Lilla Mason said the organization — which serves 200,000 motorists in Central, Eastern and Northern Kentucky, and parts of Virginia and West Virginia — has not yet tallied the number of calls from both days, but it might be an all-time high.

Most calls, Mason said, are about cars with dead batteries, locked-in keys and flat tires.

Flat tires? Mason said that for every 10-degree drop in temperature, cars lose about a pound of tire pressure.

"This kind of cold, cars just aren't designed to operate in," she said. "The first thing when people call, we ask them, 'Are you in a safe place?' Those by the roadside, their calls take precedence because of exposure."

That's why the wait time for a service call varies, Mason said. "It's very important that we protect the safety of our members."

Cheryl Truman: (859) 231-3202. Twitter: @CherylTruman.

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