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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

AAA received more than 1,300 calls Friday, more than double their normal volume. One of the busiest guys in town is David Parker, a AAA Roadside Rescuer.

"The basic rule of thumb is you do the call you are assigned to and then you get to the next one as fast as you can," says Parker.

Parker worked a 12-hour shift Friday rescuing drivers in need. One of those drivers was David Adams who locked his keys in his car.

"I just got this car a couple of days ago. I got it for cheap because it has a little bit of an electrical issue and so what ended up happening was the doors locked themselves while I was scraping," says Adams.

For Adams, it was a simple fix. Parker had the car unlocked in less than ten minutes. But for others, it was not so easy.

Parker spent more than half an hour trying to fish keys out of Charlene Gabber's purse. But eventually, with a little luck and lot of patience, Parker managed to dig the keys out of her purse and unlock the car. It was just one example of the greatest heroes coming in white trucks with flashing lights.

Many of people made the mistake of locking their keys in their car while they let their car warm up but many of them didn't even get that far. AAA responded to several dead batteries and flat tires. They say a lot of that is due to these cold temperatures so if you get a chance this weekend, make sure to get those things checked.

Important battery tips:

The average life of a battery is 3-5 years, but driving conditions, climate, and lack of care and maintenance can shorten a battery's lifespan. Here are some warning signs that you are at risk for a battery-related breakdown:

• Your vehicle cranks slowly when trying to start

• You hear a grinding, clicking or buzzing when you turn the ignition on

• Your vehicle has stalled

• Your headlights dim when you are idling but brighten when you rev the engine

• Your battery is more than three years old

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