A cool start to Monday meant a busy start to the week for AA Patrols who had attended their average daily workload by lunchtime the organisation reports. This follows an equally busy weekend with more than 1,000 stranded Members calling for assistance between Friday and Sunday, with flat batteries accounting for much of the spike in activity.
Friday’s gale force winds, heavy rain, flooding, sleet and plunging temperatures also led to a particularly busy day for AA Patrols who battled the elements and the traffic to attend more than 400 breakdowns, well above the daily average, for what has been a mild winter season to date.
In addition to a slew of battery related call outs on Friday, the AA also reports that its Patrols attended a number of motorists who vehicles were experiencing adverse affects having driven through flood water.
“We had a flurry of calls about flat batteries during morning rush hour on Monday.” says Noel Keogh, Head of AA Rescue. “Monday mornings are typically one of our busiest periods and when you add freezing temperatures to the mix, we’re always guaranteed lots of calls. Your battery has to work much harder during cold weather and if its weak or old chances are it won’t be up to the job and you’ll find yourself having to make alternative travel arrangements or giving us a call to come out with a replacement.”
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Miriam O’ Neill, PR Exec at AA Ireland began working in the AA in August 2010. Miriam’s core activities on a day to day basis include management of the AA’s media relations programme, generation of quality coverage in support of key business lines, provision of content for AA social media channels and the AA customer Ezine, regular broadcast interviews, occasional events management and interactions with the large AA customer base on motor policy issues.