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Calls for dead car batteries surging as temperatures plummet

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Rochester, N.Y. (13WHAM) - Frigid temperatures have moved into the Rochester area and are expected to last throughout the next week. And, already, local towing companies say they're working overtime to keep up with an influx of calls for cars with dead batteries.

Christopher Hunt with Action Towing in Henrietta estimates his employees have responded to about 250 of those calls in the last three days.

He says it's a common issue as temperatures plummet, and it can happen with little to no warning.

"Most common problem is dead batteries. We're constantly on the road doing jump-starts," said Hunt. "Batteries normally last five to six years, but the dead of winter will bring it down."

Hunt recommends letting your car warm for 20-30 minutes at a time -at least for a few days a week - to help keep your car battery charged. He estimates his crews will respond to 300-400 calls for dead car batteries in the coming days while below-average temperatures stick around.

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