Fuel Savings Approach $10 Billion in the First Quarter of 2016 Compared to the Same Period Last Year
Tampa, FL – Americans paid the cheapest quarterly gas prices in twelve years during the first three months of 2016. Motorists have saved nearly $10 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015.
The national average price of gas during the first quarter was $1.86 per gallon, making it the cheapest quarter for gasoline since January-March 2004. Gas prices are expected to remain relatively low compared to recent years, though average prices could rise another 25 cents per gallon by Memorial Day.
Knoxville, TN – More than 102,000 traffic crashes have been caused by distracted drivers in Tennessee in just the past five years, AAA reports. In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA warns drivers to put it down, don’t text and drive and avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task.
Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers, or others sharing the road including bicyclists or pedestrians.
Tampa, FL – The national average climbed above the $2.00 benchmark last week for the first time in 83 days. Sunday’s average price of $2.04 per gallon represents an increase of 6 cents compared to a week ago. The national average has increased for 20 days in a row for a total of 23 cents.
Drivers are paying six cents per gallon more than a week ago and while yearly savings persist, they are beginning to dwindle. Sunday’s price represents a savings of 39 cents per gallon year-over-year, and $1.50 compared to two years ago.
History of Falling increases Crash Risk by 40 Percent among Older Drivers
Knoxville, TN – Older drivers with a history of falling are 40 percent more likely to be involved in crashes than their peers, according to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Falls limit an older drivers’ ability to function behind the wheel and can make driving risky for themselves and others on the road. These findings are important since annually a record 12 million older adults will experience a fall.
Tampa, FL – With each passing day, the price of gasoline gets more expensive. In the past 20 days, gas prices have risen a total of 23 cents nationwide, 29 cents in Florida, 28 cents in Georgia, and 29 cents in Tennessee.
“Rising oil prices, increased demand, and reduced gasoline supplies have forced motorists to pay more money at the pumps in recent weeks,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “And it may not get any cheaper anytime soon. AAA forecasts that prices could rise a total of 30-50 cents by Memorial Day weekend.”
Tow to Go service available March 17th
Knoxville, TN – Having a plan to celebrate safely doesn’t require the luck of the Irish. Whether you host a St. Patrick’s Day Party or attend one, AAA wants everyone to get home safe and sound. That means having a Designated Driver, calling a cab or staying where you are celebrating.
“Impaired driving can ruin more than just a good celebration,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “Please plan ahead to make sure you and your loved ones make it home safely.”
Tampa, FL – Motorists likely noticed another week of increases in prices at the pump. Throughout the past seven days, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 7 cents in Florida, 12 cents nationwide, 14 cents in Georgia, and 16 cents in Tennessee.
“Gas prices continue on an upward trend, which is normal for this time of year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.
Clarksville, TN – After making a history-making run through the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament last week, Austin Peay State University’s men’s basketball team will have to face a history making challenge once again in the NCAA Tournament.
The Governors (18-17) were the first eighth-seed to win the OVC Tournament championship, winning four games in four days, but now a bigger undertaking awaits them as a 16-seed and having to go up against the NCAA Tournament’s overall number-one seed Kansas (30-4).
Tampa, FL – Motorists likely noticed an increase in prices at the pump last week. Gas prices are following their seasonal upward trend, increasing an average of 6 cents in the past week. The national average rose 11 days in a row – the longest streak of increases since May 2015 – for a total of 11 cents before leveling-out on Sunday.
“Shifts in the price of oil, supply and demand, and refinery maintenance, are all factors pushing gas prices higher,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Fuel supplies usually tighten this time of year as Americans begin taking spring vacations and refineries reduce output while conducting seasonal maintenance. These factors will likely push gas prices 30-50 cents higher by Memorial Day weekend.”
Despite fear, AAA survey reveals experience with vehicle technology leads to trust
Knoxville, TN – New vehicle technology has become a major topic among American motorists. According to a new AAA survey, three out of four U.S. motorists are afraid to ride in a self-driving car. Motorists feel the technology is too new.
In spite of this fear, AAA found that motorists who own vehicles with semi-autonomous features are 75 percent more likely to trust the technology then those who don’t own it.
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