LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — AAA Mid-Atlantic saw a record number of calls for drivers in need of help on Monday and those calls are expected to continue as temperatures will drop below zero this weekend.

The number of calls in D.C., Maryland and Virginia totaled 5,150 on Feb. 16 and AAA says nearly half of them were for dead batteries.

According to AAA, at 0°F, a car’s battery loses about 60 percent of its strength and even just at 32°F it loses 35 percent. It also takes twice as much current to start an engine during cold temperatures because the oil inside the battery thickens.

“My desk looks like snow and ice and salt – people broken down,” AAA employee Stacy Jones says.

Jones says she has constantly been on the road this week to help people with dead batteries.

To find out more on how to prepare your car during the winter weather, click here.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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