When that prognosticating rodent Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring last week, there may have been a collective sigh of relief from area tow truck drivers.
Road service providers for AAA responded to nearly 196,000 calls in January 2011 throughout the Mid-Atlantic service area. That compares to 177,000 for the same month last year, an increase of 11 percent.
“Cold weather coupled with snow and ice will always find weak car batteries and strand motorists,” said Jim Lardear, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “And forecasts of additional precipitation over the next few weeks make the prediction of the all-knowing Ground Hog seem like wishful thinking.”
While snow and ice were battered much of the Mid-Atlantic Region, AAA responded to emergency roadside calls, extricating vehicles, replacing batteries, fixing tires and offering lock out service.
In the Delaware, calls for emergency service totaled 6,810, an increase of 10 percent compared to January 2010.
Tow calls totaled 2,775 – up 4%
Battery calls totaled 1,769 – up 11%
Light Service calls totaled 2,193 – up 19%
Lock out service calls totaled 73 – down 13%