Tampa, FL – Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Libya caused oil prices to briefly spike last week, and Florida gas prices responded in kind. The average price for a gallon of gasoline rose 10 cents in Florida, but is about the same in Georgia and Tennessee.
“The increase in oil came at a time when gasoline supplies in Florida are already tight,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “March is the peak month for gasoline demand in Florida, because the weather warms up, people drive more, and there are more visitors for spring break and Major League Baseball Spring Training. Plus, it is still maintenance season, and refinery gasoline output is reduced.” «Read the rest of this article»
AAA Survey shows 63% Plan to take a cruise in the future
Tampa, FL - Cruise lines are sailing into their busy season as students and families snatch up cabins for a getaway on the waterway. The industry coasted through one of its biggest years to date and expects an even bigger 2015.
“January through March is typically the best time to book a cruise,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group. “People who book thru a AAA Travel Agent by March 31st can receive up to $500.00 in savings or onboard credit, plus additional savings from select Cruise Lines.”
Unprecedented Look into the Causes of Teen Crashes by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Tampa, FL – The most comprehensive research ever conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The unprecedented video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police reports.
Tampa, FL – The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline remained relatively stable last week. However, prices in the southeast fell as much as a nickel. In the past week, the average price for gas dropped 2 cents in Florida, 5 cents in Georgia, and 4 cents in Tennessee.
“Gasoline production is especially high this time of year, and is outpacing demand, which is driving gas prices lower,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Meanwhile, domestic oil production remains at an all-time high, which also helps keep a lid on the price of oil and gasoline. In fact, oil production is so high, some analysts believe oil prices could fall into the 30s this year, which could force gas prices back down to levels we saw earlier this year.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tow to Go service available March 17th
Tampa, FL – St. Patrick’s Day has ended in tragedy for many Americans over the past few years. Between 2009 and 2013, 276 lives were lost on this holiday due to drunk-driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“We are asking all motorists to plan ahead this St. Patrick’s Day if they are going to be away from home and drinking,” said Gerry Gutowski, senior vice president, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “That means having a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of sober transportation.”
Tampa, FL – Gas prices fell for the eighth consecutive day Sunday. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is nearly 3 cents cheaper than a week ago, but 18 cents more expensive than last month. Still, Sunday’s average price of $2.43 is $1.27 less than the peak price last year, saving motorists more than $19.00 for a full tank of gas.
“The price of oil has not seen dramatic increases in the past couple of weeks and motorists are reaping the benefits,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas prices are at their lowest level this time of year since 2009, which will entice people to take a road trip this spring.” «Read the rest of this article»
Sun destinations are travelers’ top getaways following harsh winter
Tampa, FL - Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season. Florida has three of the top 10 most popular city destinations, including Orlando at number one.
Sunny, beach destinations in California and South Carolina also rank high on the list, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco. «Read the rest of this article»
1 in 5 plan to purchase a vehicle in 2015
Tampa, FL - Compared to last year, auto sales rose 14 percent in January and five percent in February, due in part to lower gas prices.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is expected to be $2.33 in 2015, down more than a $1.00 per gallon from last year’s average, according to the Energy Information Administration.
“Lower gas prices will save the American family $755.00 this year,” said Duane Williams, product manager, Financial Services, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “That’s extra money that can be put towards a vehicle purchase. We expect to see car sales increase in the next month or two as the snow starts to melt and tax refund checks begin to arrive.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tampa, FL – The national average price for a gallon of gasoline declined for the first time in 40 days. The U.S. average rose 42 cents since January 27th, but dipped four-tenths of a cent Sunday.
“Motorists are beginning to see some relief at the pump after prices rose in response to increased oil prices and refinery maintenance season,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas prices have leveled out for now, but motorists may not be out of the woods yet. Prices should remain relatively volatile through the next couple months, but should decline after Memorial Day.”
52% are more likely to take a road trip because of low gas prices
Tamps, FL - The busy travel season is quickly approaching and many Americans are already making plans. This year, nearly nine out of 10 people (88%) will take an extended vacation of 4 days or more away from home during a time not associated with the Thanksgiving or the Christmas holidays.
The study was conducted during a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey of residents in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
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