Majority of travelers to vacation between 4-7 days
Tampa, FL – The summer travel season kicked off with what was forecast to be the most traveled Memorial Day weekend in a decade. Now, a new AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey shows growth in summer traveler plans as well.
More than three quarters (77%) of Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee residents plan to take at least one summer vacation trip this year between the months of May and September, according to the survey. More than half (56%) of vacation plans will run from 4-7 days.
AAA Foundation Study Raises Alert as 100 Deadliest Days Begins
Tampa, FL – Nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
In 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver. The results come just as the “100 Deadliest Days” begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb.
Tampa, FL – AAA forecast that 33 Million Americans would drive 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day weekend. Those motorists saw the lowest gasoline prices for the holiday in up to five years.
The average prices in Florida and Tennessee were the lowest in five years; as the averages were 6 cents and 12 cents lower than 2010 respectively. The national and Georgia average prices just fell short of the five year mark; both averages today were merely 1-cent higher than the holiday averages in 2010.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, D.C. – On May 5th, 1868, three years after the Civil War ended, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30th.
It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Tampa, FL – New test results from AAA indicate that even with the most advanced headlight systems, a motorist’s ability to see an object on rural roadways at night can be reduced by as much as 60 percent compared to driving in daylight.
AAA’s test results suggest that halogen headlights, found in over 80 percent of vehicles on the road today, may fail to safely illuminate unlit roadways at speeds as low as 40 mph.
Tampa, FL – If you’re planning to party this weekend, you must plan for safety first. This means using a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of sober transportation.
“Memorial Day weekend is a great time to spend with family and friends,” said Gerry Gutowski, Senior Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “Please keep those special people in mind by not letting them drive impaired.”
Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum hosted the awards reception for the Southern Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual Juried Exhibition on May 16th. The show features eighty-seven paintings. This year’s juror Kathleen Conover awarded 32 artists cash or merchandise prices.
The Best in Show was awarded to Z.L. Feng for In the Wood. Feng is an artist-signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Pastel Society of America (as master pastelist).
Tampa, FL – The Memorial Day weekend is not only the kickoff to the busy summer travel season, but it is also the unofficial start of boating season.
Being safe on the water is a primary concern, but it’s important to have the proper insurance coverage in case you are involved in an accident.
Clarksville, TN – Jaquez Willis is on a mission. His determination to earn his high school diploma is so great that he walks seven miles from his home near Northwest High School in Clarksville, Tennessee to the Continuing Education Center on Greenwood Avenue where he is enrolled in Adult Education.
Then he walks seven miles home. Day after day, his goal gets a little closer and the hope in his heart grows a little bigger.
Tampa, FL – For the first time in more than 100 days, the year-over-year difference in the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $1.00 per gallon this past Tuesday (-99 cents).
Today’s price of $2.70 per gallon represents a new high for 2015. The national average has moved higher by 4 cents per gallon since last Sunday.
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