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AAA tests show 80% of Headlights Fall Short on Safety

 

AAATampa, 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.

Tests show headlights may fail to safely illuminate dark roadways

Tests show headlights may fail to safely illuminate dark roadways

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AAA and Bud Light ask Motorists to Plan Ahead for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

 

AAA - Traffic Safety FoundationTampa, 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.”

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AAA says 1 in 3 Boaters Do Not Have Insurance

 

AAATampa, 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.

Boating accidents caused $39 million in damages in 2014

Boating accidents caused $39 million in damages in 2014

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AAA says 37.2 Million Americans to Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

 

Strong economy and low gas prices drive 4.7 percent increase in holiday travel over 2014

AAATampa, 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.

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AAA gives 7 Simple Tips to Save Money on a Hotel

 

Following these simple tips can unlock savings on your summer vacation

AAATampa, 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.”

Tips to save Money during your Summer Vacation on a Hotel. (AAA)

Tips to save Money during your Summer Vacation on a Hotel. (AAA)

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AAA Encourages Everyone to Gear Up for a Safer Ride

 

Nationwide, Bicycle Fatalities Continue to Rise Year over Year

AAA - Traffic Safety FoundationKnoxville, 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.

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NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft ends mission, crashes into Mercury

 

Written by Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, have confirmed that MESSENGER slammed into the surface of Mercury on April 30th at 3:26pm EDT.

It had used the last of its propellant on April 24th and could no longer maintain a stable orbit. Traveling some 8,750 mph, the plummeting spacecraft made an unseen crater on the side of the planet facing away from Earth.

The colors of the solar system's innermost planet are enhanced in this tantalizing view, based on global image data from the Mercury-orbiting MESSENGER spacecraft. (NASA / JHU Applied Physics Lab / Carnegie Inst. Washington)

The colors of the solar system’s innermost planet are enhanced in this tantalizing view, based on global image data from the Mercury-orbiting MESSENGER spacecraft. (NASA / JHU Applied Physics Lab / Carnegie Inst. Washington)

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AAA reports Lower Gas Prices Fuel decline in Vehicle Operating Costs

 

Owning a vehicle is $178.00 cheaper this year

AAATampa, 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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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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