AMA Seeing Increased Calls During Cold Snap, Wait Times Up To 10 Hours

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AMA Seeing Increased Calls During Cold Snap, Wait Times Up To 10 Hours

This bone-chilling weather is keeping Alberta Motor Association workers in the region very busy.

AMA Manager of Technical Services Randy Loyk tells Fort McMurray News as of Friday morning, there’s a three hour wait time for light service and anywhere from eight to ten hours for tows.

“On a regular day, we would be running one hour for light service and approximately an hour and a half for a tow. We’re probably running three to four times a normal call volume for a normal winter day, so it’s been extremely busy.”

Loyk says their boosting rates are five times more than what they would be doing on a regular winter day.

To help motorists from having to make that call for roadside assistance, AMA is encouraging people to plug in their vehicle for at least four hours when temperatures dip below -15C

“You should be running a synthetic oil in the engine. This will allow the engine to turn over during these colder temperatures. Also, make your battery is in good shape,” added Loyk.

Provincially, the deep freeze has resulted in AMA responding to five times the normal number of battery-related calls and double the overall call volume.
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