AAA: Stranded motorist calls in New Jersey reach record high during brutally cold conditions

A record high number of roadside assistance requests flooded into AAA call centers from New Jersey Monday. (1/7/14)

HAMILTON - A record high number of roadside assistance requests flooded into AAA call centers from New Jersey Monday.

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports it received more than 2,800 calls from stranded motorists in the state. That's an increase of 83 percent compared to one week ago.

The agency says the high level of requests were due to frigid weather conditions.

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AAA spokesperson Tracy Noble says extreme temperature shifts are hard on your vehicle, and urges drivers to be prepared with proper levels of antifreeze, windshield washer fluid and a strong battery.

"If you are not planning on using a vehicle for several days, we urge you to at least start it and run it for a few minutes to avoid a nasty surprise," Noble says. "And give yourself plenty of time getting started in the morning in case your car won't start."

AAA says it's also a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your car, just in case.
 

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