HAMILTON, NJ, February 3, 2011 – AAA, the leading provider of roadside assistance 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% year over year.

While snow and ice were battering much of the Mid-Atlantic Region, AAA road service providers were responding to emergency roadside calls, extricating vehicles, replacing batteries, fixing tires and offering lockout service.

In New Jersey calls for emergency service totaled 53, 796, an increase of 21% compared to January 2010.

  • Tow calls totaled 23, 252 up  23%
  • Battery calls totaled 14, 979  up 22%
  • Light Service calls totaled 15, 127  up 16%
  • Lock out service calls totaled 438 up 18%

“Cold weather coupled with snow and ice will always find weak car batteries and strand motorists,” Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic said.  “And forecasts of additional precipitation over the next few weeks make the prediction of the all knowing Ground Hog seem like wishful thinking.”