WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


AAA Working Overtime To Help Motorists Affected By Cold Weather

Reported: Jan. 7, 2014 11:10 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 7, 2014 12:56 PM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- This week's bone chilling temperatures are causing one business to be pretty busy. Workers at AAA are helping people non-stop who are having issues with their cars because of the cold.

AAA officials said road crews responded to 150 calls over the weekend in West Virginia for drivers who needed some sort of help.

Missy Myers lives in Charleston and said he had car troubles the other day.

"I actually had to get water to be able to open the door to my car to even get it to warm up, so luckily today that didn't happen," she said.

Below zero temperatures across Charleston are taking their toll on her car. She had to let it run for 20 minutes, Tuesday morning, just so it could heat up in time for her to head to work.

"It's mind-boggling to me, " she said. "I don't remember it being this cold."

Myers isn't the only one who has been having issues with a vehicle because of the weather, and AAA is working overtime to help. The organization is seeing a spike in the number of calls it is responding to and just about all of them are weather related. The company had to call in extra help to handle the overload of calls.

"We've been having our staff work overtime, after work, before work, come in early," said Christina Rollyson, district office supervisor for AAA. "We've all been on call this weekend."

On Monday, 58 percent of the calls the AAA responded to were tows. Dead batteries, lockouts and frozen fuel pipes were next on the list. With all of the problems that can occur, AAA suggests keeping your gas tanks at least half full.

"A lot of times what happens is they really have to get it towed to a service station where they can really fill up because a couple gallons really isn't going to do it in weather like this," Rollyson said.

A tow to a garage is sometimes the only thing that will help defrost those frozen pipes. Being proactive and deicing doors and locks the night before is another way to avoid a headache the next morning.

AAA suggests to make sure your battery has ample starting power. Also, keep an eye on tire pressure to prevent a flat. Tire pressure decreases as temperature drops.

The organization also said to keep a winter survival kit in your car that includes blankets, extra clothing, scrapers, flashlights and battery cables.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Mom Facing Charges after Kicking Son out of Car, Leaving Him to Walk Home
News
Aug. 20, 2014 8:21 PM EDT
A South Carolina mother is facing charges after she ...
Full News Story

Charges Dropped Against Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman's Son
News
Aug. 20, 2014 6:33 PM EDT
The Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday ...
Full News Story and Video

Dog Saves Owners' Lives
News
Aug. 20, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
It's a story of an incredible recovery and one very ...
Full News Story


News State Mine Board To Decide On Kanawha State Forest Mine
Aug. 20, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
News Jury Rules In Case Involving Logger Accused Of Illegally Cutting At Coonskin
Aug. 20, 2014 7:02 PM EDT
News Five Arrested In Franklin Furnace; Linked To Stolen Property Cases In The Area
Aug. 20, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
News WVAW Issues Boil Water Advisory For 75 Customers In Barboursville
Aug. 20, 2014 4:47 PM EDT
News Firefighters Say Residential Fire Started In Heat Fan
Aug. 20, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News Police Say Man Arrested In Calhoun County Is Wanted In Maryland
Aug. 20, 2014 7:04 PM EDT
News Deputies Say Man Arrested In Connection To Drug Offenses During Traffic Stop
Aug. 20, 2014 7:05 PM EDT
News Second Arrest Made In Eastern KY Fatal Fire
Aug. 20, 2014 7:01 PM EDT
News YMCA Honors Former WV Governor
Aug. 20, 2014 7:00 PM EDT
News Health Officials Say Two Ohioans Have West Nile Virus
Aug. 20, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
News MU Welcomes Incoming Students
Aug. 20, 2014 1:58 PM EDT
News Investigators Calling Cause Of Deadly Fire Accidental
Aug. 20, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
News New Elementary School Opens In Jackson County
Aug. 20, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
News Fourth Arrest Made In Connection To Foodland Robbery And Shooting
Aug. 20, 2014 1:19 PM EDT
News Multiple Businesses Struck By "Marble" Vandals
Aug. 20, 2014 12:05 AM EDT
News Victim's Name Release In Deadly Crash Involving Train
Aug. 19, 2014 11:15 PM EDT
News Increased Heroin Calls Delay Ambulance Runs
Aug. 19, 2014 11:14 PM EDT
News Bridge Valley Opens New Training Center For Workforce Development
Aug. 19, 2014 10:19 PM EDT
News Overcrowding Forces Braxton County Students To Transfer Schools
Aug. 19, 2014 9:30 PM EDT
News Reports Of Sheen On Elk River Tuesday
Aug. 19, 2014 8:52 PM EDT
News Vacant Properties Auctioned Off In Huntington
Aug. 19, 2014 8:22 PM EDT
News $1 Million Powerball Ticket Goes Unclaimed
Aug. 19, 2014 8:04 PM EDT
News Former GOP Presidential Candidate Stumps For WV Republicans
Aug. 19, 2014 7:46 PM EDT
News Car Crash Victim's Family Outraged After Personal Items Were Left At Crash Site
Aug. 19, 2014 6:08 PM EDT
News Billionaire To Pay $1.5M Fine For KY Mines
Aug. 19, 2014 7:14 PM EDT
News Man Arrested In Connection To Raleigh County Fatal Fire
Aug. 19, 2014 6:04 PM EDT
News 8-Year-Old Falls To Death In Yellowstone Canyon
Aug. 19, 2014 3:45 PM EDT
News Three-Judge Panel To Hear Kanawha Prosecutor Petition
Aug. 19, 2014 3:37 PM EDT
News Special Counsel Recommends WV Judge Suspension
Aug. 19, 2014 3:33 PM EDT
News CDC Says WV Agency Was Untrained For Chem Spill
Aug. 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.
Full Story

Kentucky News
McConnell, Grimes comments at forum

Comments by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, during their forum before leaders of the Kentucky Farm Bureau on Wednesday:
Full Story

Ohio News
2 men charged with $6.5M investment fraud in Ohio

A federal indictment alleges an Ohio man and a California man defrauded 60 people out of more than $6.5 million through a fraudulent real-estate development investment scheme.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.