Unexpected consequence: More cars stay home, more batteries go dead

With so many people now staying home for extended periods of time, AAA Mid-Atlantic finds itself responding to more dead battery calls. Such calls in April were up 28% compared to the year before, at a time when all other service calls were significantly lower. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

NEWS RELEASE: RICHMOND, VA – AAA, the premier roadside assistance provider for more than 100 years, is seeing a sharp increase in battery service calls in Virginia as stay at home orders remain in place and vehicles stay parked.

During the month of April, AAA saw a 28% increase in the number of calls for battery service compared to April of 2019 in Virginia. Battery service calls last month made up 43% of AAA service calls and resulted in 10,353 responses. Overall, calls for roadside assistance are down more than 28% this year as there are fewer vehicles on the roadways.

Always there for drivers, the auto club has been working diligently to help drivers whose car batteries have failed through our AAA Mobile Battery Service which will:

Signs of a weak battery may include: clicking noises when turning key; the engine turning over slowly; dim interior lighting or warning lights on the dashboard.

If your car hasn’t hit the road in a while, AAA encourages you to take some simple steps to keep you and your vehicle safe.

“Even though your car isn’t running, the electronic systems still tap the battery, which can affect its performance when you try to start it,” said Brent Stegner, AAA Swift Creek Car Care Manager. “Your tires are the only part of your car that contacts the road and they don’t always hold pressure well, so be sure to check tire pressure.  You can give them a good visual inspection for damage or even flat spots, which would indicate low pressure, especially if your car hasn’t moved in a while.”

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Post time: May-12-2020

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