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AAA estimates more than 98.6 Million Travelers Expected for Year-End Holidays

 

Busy year-end holidays will be marked by most travelers on record

 

AAATampa, FL – The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume on record (AAA travel data dates back to 2001).

AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of four percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year.

The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, December 23rd to Sunday, January 4th.

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AAA reports Gas Prices near $2.00 a gallon in Tennessee

 

AAATampa, FL – Motorists are saving an average of $10.00 for a tank of gas compared to this time last year. Gasoline prices crept closer to $2.00 a gallon last week and nothing is slowing them down. Domestic oil supply is at a three decade high and forecast to keep growing. Meanwhile, the price of oil fell to its lowest level in five years.

“Oil prices are plunging because there is so much oil in the market,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “It’s unclear exactly how long this will continue, but gas prices will keep falling as long as oil prices do. Right now, oil prices are forecast to fall through the first half of next year, which further increases the likelihood of $2.00 gasoline.” «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA reports Gas Prices Fall for 73rd Consecutive Day

 

AAATampa, FL –  Gas prices are falling like the winter-time snow. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded ($2.70) dropped 10 cents in the past week, and is the lowest price since September 2010. The average price has fallen for 73 consecutive days – dropping 66 cents since September 26th.

“The shale boom continues putting downward pressure on the price of oil, which pushes gas prices even lower,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Oil prices are forecast to drift lower next week, which means gas prices will follow suit. Gas prices could fall another 15 cents before the end of the year. It’s possible that motorists could find some stations selling gas as low $2.00 a gallon in some markets, but it’s unlikely that average prices would hit those levels.” «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA reports Senior Drivers Support Tougher Driving Laws for Themselves

 

Latest AAA Foundation Report on Aging Americans Finds Them Safety Conscious

AAATampa, FL – While senior drivers favor tougher driving laws, from bans on wireless devices to ignition interlocks for first-time DUI offenders, an overwhelming majority support greater scrutiny in the license-renewal process for themselves and their peers, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s latest report on aging Americans.

More than seven out of 10 drivers age 65 and older favor policies that require drivers age 75 and older to renew their license in person, and also support requirements that seniors pass a medical screening to remain licensed. «Read the rest of this article»

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft test flight next step for Human Mission to Mars

 

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – In the not-too-distant future, astronauts destined to be the first people to walk on Mars will leave Earth aboard an Orion spacecraft.

Carried aloft by the tremendous power of a Space Launch System rocket, our explorers will begin their Journey to Mars from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the spirit of humanity with them to the Red Planet.

The first future human mission to Mars and those that follow will require the ingenuity and dedication of an entire generation. It’s a journey worth the risks.

The first future human mission to Mars and those that follow will require the ingenuity and dedication of an entire generation. We take the next step on that journey with the uncrewed, first flight test of Orion. (NASA)

The first future human mission to Mars and those that follow will require the ingenuity and dedication of an entire generation. We take the next step on that journey with the uncrewed, first flight test of Orion. (NASA)

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AAA predicts some areas may see $2.00 Gas Prices for the Holidays

 

OPEC Decision causes Oil Prices to Plunge

AAATampa, FL – U.S. motorists in southern and mid-west states could see a handful of gas stations hit the $2.00 a gallon mark just in time for the Christmas holiday season.

OPEC’s failure to cut oil production could cause gas prices to fall by as much as 20 cents. The national average has fallen for 67 consecutive days the longest streak since 2008. The streak of declines is 58 days in Florida, 59 in Georgia, and 16 in Tennessee.

“Drivers in southeastern states, such as Tennessee, may see a select few stations selling gas at or below $2.00 in the coming weeks,” said Josh Carrasco, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The chances of gasoline averaging $2.00 per gallon are highly unlikely. Oil prices would have to drop another $25.00 to $30.00 a barrel before we reach the $2.00 threshold.” «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA says this Holiday Season Shoppers Plan to Spend More on Gifts

 

AAATampa, FL – Retailers are preparing for a busy holiday shopping season as ninety-one percent of consumers plan on purchasing gifts this year, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ Holiday Shopping survey.

Nearly one in three shoppers (28%) will wait until the final two weeks of November to purchase their gifts. Twenty-four percent of people began their holiday shopping before November, taking advantage of early retail discounts, while the remaining consumers (29%) will wait until December to purchase gifts. «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA announces Tow to Go is Available for Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Tow to Go service available November 26th – 29th

AAATampa, FL – One in five consumers (20%) said they have never used a designated driver while away from home and drinking, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey.

AAA and Bud Light urge motorists to plan ahead for the holiday weekend if they will be out drinking. This means choosing a designated driver, staying where you are celebrating, using a cab or finding another form of sober transportation. «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA expects Cheapest Thanksgiving Holiday Gas Prices in Five Years

 

AAATampa, FL – When 41.3 million Americans load-up the family vehicle for a Thanksgiving road trip, they are likely to find the cheapest gasoline in five years.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.82 Sunday, 46 cents cheaper than the price on Thanksgiving Day 2013.

“Travelers are thankful to have more money in their pockets due to falling gas prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The good news is gas should continue falling through the rest of the year. Cheaper gasoline has helped boost disposable income and consumer spending, which encourages more people to travel.”

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AAA forecasts more than 46 Million Americans will travel on Thanksgiving, most since 2007

 

Improving Economy Brings 1.9 Million More Travelers, Consumers Pay Lowest Gas Prices in Nearly Four Years

AAATampa, FL – AAA Travel projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 percent increase over 2013.

Almost 90 percent of travelers (41.3 million) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip and will enjoy the lowest gas prices in nearly four years. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26th through Sunday, November 30th.

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