Polar vortex means busy day for AAA - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Polar vortex means busy day for AAA

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Jose Rodriguez, a AAA road service provider, picked the wrong day to handle cold metal for a living.

"Can't feel these things," he said, wiggling his fingers.

Temperatures lingered in the single digits Tuesday, the wind gusted, and Jose fixed a woman's fuel pump so she could get to work and avoid waiting three hours for a tow.

Back at the Maspeth, Queens, garage, AAA Fleet Manager Roger Miller fielded a new call every minute -- 15 times the normal amount.

"The whole day," he said, "it's just call after call after call."

"It's freezing," Jose said. "It's freezing, man."

Jose jumped a lot of dead batteries, jimmied open a locked truck, and silently prayed before each new assignment the vehicle in need wouldn't require the one fix he dreaded the most: "Tire change in the snow," Jose said without hesitating.

"You get a lot of flat tires," Miller said, "a lot more than normal when the weather gets like this."

When cold, atoms move around a lot less than they do when warm, meaning they also take up less space. So on a day like Tuesday, the atoms inside your tire collide with the tire's walls less often, decreasing tire pressure and leaving your vehicle vulnerable to flats.

"That is the worst: getting your hands freezing in all the mud and ice," Jose said, still focused on changing tires in the snow. "It is ridiculous."

As a country-sized expanse of cold, dense air swirled counterclockwise above and around him, Jose pumped some of that air into a tire in need and sent the driver on his way. This, after watching the woman with the frozen fuel pump hurry off to work in her now-functioning Honda Civic.

"Everything is fine with her," Jose said. "So as long as everybody's good, I'm good."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 'Spider-man' slugs cop in Times Square

    'Spider-man' slugs cop in Times Square

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:54:59 GMT
    New York City NewsNew York City News
    A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.
    A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested on charges he slugged a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.
  • Kayakers breach New York's JFK airport security

    Kayakers breach New York's JFK airport security

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:46:29 GMT
    The tower at John F. Kennedy International AirportThe tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport
    Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a Kennedy Airport security perimeter.
    Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a security perimeter at New York's Kennedy Airport.
  • Woman gets 20-year prison term for fatal stabbing

    Woman gets 20-year prison term for fatal stabbing

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:32:05 GMT
    A southern New Jersey woman who fatally stabbed a man last year during an argument in his home has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
    A southern New Jersey woman who fatally stabbed a man last year during an argument in his home has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices