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Heat Wave Pushes Up Roadside Calls By 10 Percent

(LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2010) – As the weather service is forecasting another hot week, the Automobile Club of Southern California tallied its roadside assistance calls from last week, which showed that when the mercury went over triple-digits, calls from stranded motorists for Auto Club road service increased by 10 percent over the previous week when temperatures were lower. 
“Calls for help from drivers increased for key reasons: overheating, worn tires, and dead batteries,” said David Lang, vice president of Automotive Services. “The Auto Club reminds motorists that extreme heat is tough on tires, batteries, and other components like belts and hoses.  Motorists should follow the maintenance schedule for their vehicle in their owner’s manual to avoid getting stuck by the side of the road, especially during heat waves,” he added.
The weather forecast for Southern California calls for a rise in the mercury later this week as high pressure pushes out the cooler fall-like onshore flow of the past few days.
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