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AAA Bluegrass reports spike in car battery problems as Kentuckians stay home

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Posted at 10:09 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 06:53:57-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentuckians have been staying home to prevent the spread of coronavirus since March and it appears to be having an effect on their cars.

A report from AAA Bluegrass details a more than 10% increase in calls about car battery issues this April compared to April 2019. Calls to AAA as a whole have decreased as less people are on the roads, said Lori Weaver Hawkins, AAA Bluegrass public affairs manager. But as more Kentuckians begin to get back to work as phase one of the governor's "Healthy at Work" plan began Monday, Weaver Hawkins said people should make sure their vehicle is ready for their commute.

"When your vehicle sits for a considerable length of time, it's important to check the tire pressure before you go out," she said. "It's also important to make sure that you keep the battery in good working order and the easiest way to do that is actually to just take your car out for a short drive."

This could mean driving the car around the block each day, she said. The stay at home measures also mean more people are walking and biking outdoors, she said, a reminder that drivers need to pay attention despite reduced car traffic on the roads.