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AAA gives tips for increasing you Car’s Resale Value


Spring is the best time to get the highest price for your used vehicle

AAAKnoxville, TN – Depreciation is the single most expensive cost of owning a vehicle. Your vehicle depreciates the minute you drive it off the lot, and steadily decreases in value each year.

As a quick rule of thumb, a car will lose between 15 and 20 percent of its value each year. After three years of a car’s life, depending on the vehicle, it may have depreciated by as much as half of its original value.

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AAA Foundation Study reveals When, Where and How much Motorists Drive


AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Survey Provides In-Depth Data on Americans’ Driving Habits

AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyTampa, FL – On average, Americans drive 29.2 miles per day, making two trips with an average total duration of 46 minutes. This and other revealing data are the result of a ground-breaking study currently underway by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute.

The Foundation’s new American Driving Survey offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive look at how much Americans drive on a daily and yearly basis. «Read the rest of this article»

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AAA Warns Drivers to Avoid Distractions While Behind the Wheel


AAATampa, FL – In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA is warning drivers to avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task. Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers, or others sharing the road, such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

In a recent AAA survey among registered voters in The Auto Club Group territory (general population in North Dakota), their number one concern in regards to keeping the roadways safer was Distracted Driving (78%) followed by Impaired Driving (73%) and Aggressive Drivers (63%).

AAA says driving distractions come in all forms.

AAA says driving distractions come in all forms.

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AAA says Record Setting Year for Cruise Travel Expected


AAA Survey shows 63% Plan to take a cruise in the future

AAATampa, 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.”

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AAA says Distractions Four Times more prevalent in Teen Crashes than previously thought


Unprecedented Look into the Causes of Teen Crashes by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

AAATampa, 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.

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AAA and Bud Light urge Motorists not to Rely on Luck in order to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Safely


Tow to Go service available March 17th

AAATampa, 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.”

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AAA says Orlando Florida Tops List of Spring Travel Destinations in United States


Sun destinations are travelers’ top getaways following harsh winter

AAATampa, 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»

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AAA reports Lower Gas Prices expected to Fuel Car Sales


1 in 5 plan to purchase a vehicle in 2015

AAATampa, 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»

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AAA gives 5 Tips for Cleaning your Car after the Thaw


AAAKnoxville, TN – Your shiny car is probably three dirty shades of grey after driving through the snow, slush and salt during the last two weeks.  In fact, your car could be corroding in some secret places, and reversing the effects may not be as easy as a simple car wash.

“In addition to the build-up on the body of the vehicle, damage can occur to the undercarriage as well,” said Jack Wilson, field business manager, Tennessee Approved Auto Repair. “Proper cleaning can help combat corrosion to vital parts such as brake lines and fuel tanks, and time could be a factor.” «Read the rest of this article»

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The fascinating History of Popcorn


Clarksville, TN – Ask me what my favorite snack is and I won’t hesitate a second to tell you that it’s popcorn. The aroma of popcorn can drive me to indulge any time day or night. I recently realized that I had no idea where popcorn originated or what makes it pop. Here’s what I learned:

According to , popcorn was eaten by Native Americans before the time of Jesus. Popcorn kernels more than 1,000 years old were found in tombs on the east coast of Peru; they still popped! Popcorn is believed to have originated in Mexico, but was grown in Sumatra, China and India before Christopher Columbus came to the New World.

Popcorn kernels

Popcorn kernels

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