The extreme heat is wreaking havoc on vehicles across the region.
The American Automobile Association on Tuesday said calls for its roadside assistance spiked over the weekend as temperatures neared 100 degrees throughout the Washington, D.C. area. AAA said it came to the aid of more than 25,000 motorists between Friday and Monday, a 12 percent increase over the same period a year ago. It expects to service more than 33,000 vehicles by the end of the July 4 holiday period. Last year, roadside assistance calls peaked on July 5.
AAA said it helped 6,700 motorists in Maryland, just under 5,000 in Virginia and 959 in the District of Columbia.
The most common calls for service required a tow, but hundreds also reported battery problems or tire issues.
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