With the latest cold snap, it's safe to say Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is very busy.
Between January 9 and January 16, AMA received more than 45,600 calls for roadside assistance across Alberta and that number doesn’t include online requests.
Chad Brinston, Manager of Fleet Performance for AMA talked about which day they received the most calls.
"Friday, January 12, represented the peak of our volume coming in in a single day, which would have been about 9,000 calls that were fielded in those 24 hours."
Every available operator has been working overtime to ensure Albertans are helped as quickly and safely as possible.
According to Brinston, when the temperatures reach the -30 to -40 range, a lot of the calls are related to vehicles not starting. When the temperature starts to warm up and the snow starts to fall, the majority of the callouts are for vehicles in accidents or in the ditch.
"With snowfall, it makes it super difficult to try to get around in the city, as I'm sure most motorists would know."
Within the Calgary area, which includes Airdrie, from January 9 to the 16, AMA has seen 21 times the regular amount of boosting service callouts and 14 times the normal towing service callouts.
Brinston finished off by saying AMA is very appreciative of everybody who has called them and is patient with the long waits.
As of this morning, the current wait times in Airdrie for AMA are 24 hours for any type of service.
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