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.
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.”
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.
Strong economy and low gas prices drive 4.7 percent increase in holiday travel over 2014
Tampa, FL – AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The total travel volume is a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.
Kicking off the summer driving season, 33 million travelers will pack up the family vehicle and drive to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21st to Monday, May 25th.
Following these simple tips can unlock savings on your summer vacation
Tampa, FL – Hotel demand will soon rise like the summer sun as we inch closer to what could become the most-traveled Memorial Day weekend in history.
“Our AAA travel forecast is not finished yet, but all indicators point to a booming travel season,” said Jennifer Butler, Managing Director of Travel Product Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Continuously low gas prices and improvements in the economy will likely encourage more people to travel in the coming months, so now is the time to book a hotel if you want to save some money.”
Nationwide, Bicycle Fatalities Continue to Rise Year over Year
Knoxville, TN – May is National Bike Safety Month and AAA encourages all bicyclists to take necessary precautions while sharing the road with motorists. This means making safety a top priority, not just in May, but throughout the year.
Bicycle fatalities continue to increase across the U.S. according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Owning a vehicle is $178.00 cheaper this year
Tampa, FL – Declines at the pump and low finance rates have caused the annual cost to own and operate a vehicle to fall nearly 2 percent from last year, according to AAA’s 2015 Your Driving Costs study.
This research examines the cost of fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license and registration fees, taxes, depreciation and finance charges associated with driving a typical sedan 15,000 miles annually.
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