Subzero temps leave drivers out in the cold

7:03 PM, Dec 17, 2013   |    comments
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WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Temperatures well below zero greeted many people when they woke on Tuesday morning.  Adding insult to injury, the frigid weather zapped the cranking power of many people's batteries and left them out in the cold.

"When I wake up and my gauge outside my kitchen window is below zero, I know it is going to be one of those days," stated tony DiBlasi, normally a fleet trainer for AAA of Northern New England, who is pressed into duty jump-starting cars when nature calls. 

"On an average winter day, we do somewhere between 1500 and 2000 calls for emergency road service in Northern New England," said Pat Moody, manager of public affairs for AAA.  "Yesterday, we exceeded 4500 and we expect to go well beyond that today."

The avalanche of calls forced them to bring in more workers to help answer phones and dispatch AAA's team of techs to stranded motorists throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

"We've got members of our insurance department, of our travel department, administrative, all levels of management are in taking road service calls today," explained Moody.  "We are constantly monitoring the weather and adjusting our staffing and our equipment to address the needs of the road."

With a winter storm on the way, and no end to the freezing temperatures in sight, he says they will continue to be at the ready to help out the nearly one million members that rely on their service when they can't rely on their cars.

NEWS CENTER

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