The cold weather is keeping CAA Manitoba so busy that the organization is on pace for the busiest month in nearly 10 years.
The auto club began tracking monthly service numbers in 2005, and has served just over 18,400 members in the last 30 days with only two days left in the year.
“When it comes to the winter months, December is usually a slower month,” said Liz Peters, corporate communications manager for CAA Manitoba. “Typically, January sees more snow and is far colder. This year, so far has been the exact opposite of that trend.”
Peters says the previous busiest month recorded was last January with 18,784 Members serviced. Prior to that, in December 2008, 18,066 members were serviced.
“Many of our drivers and call takers voluntarily worked overtime hours over the holidays to help keep up with the demand.”
The demand will only likely increase, as Environment Canada issued a wind chill warning for Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba on Monday, warning of temperatures feeling like -40°C to -45°C.
CAA recommends plugging in your vehicle every night to avoid having to call for a boost the next morning.