Tampa, FL – The national average price for gasoline dipped 4 cents last week, and prices in the southeast fell even further. Pump prices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are down 5 cents compared to last week, after falling for 18 consecutive days.
“Motorists are finally getting some consistent relief at the pump thanks to declining oil prices,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “By this fall, prices could creep closer to levels seen at the beginning of this year, possibly even below $2.00 a gallon in some markets, as long as oil remains low.”
Knoxville, TN – Older adults who have stopped driving are almost two times more likely to suffer from depression and nearly five times as likely to enter a long-term care facility than those who remain behind the wheel, according to a new report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Columbia University.
The study examined older adults who have permanently given up driving and the impact it has on their health and mental well-being.
Tampa, FL – Gas prices dipped last week after the price of oil fell to its lowest level in 3 months. West Texas Intermediate settled below $51.00 a barrel for the first time since April and gas prices are responding in kind.
“The price of oil continues to be the main driver of gas prices, said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “As oil gets cheaper, it becomes less expensive to produce gasoline, and those savings are reflected in prices at the pump.”
Tampa, FL – Motorists should begin to notice lower gasoline prices in the coming weeks thanks to declining oil prices. Last week, a barrel of oil hit its lowest price since April, at a time when gasoline prices were about 20 cents cheaper.
“The decline at the pump is unlikely to be as dramatic as a 20 cent discount, but a few cents here and there is not out of the question,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Usually gas prices respond more rapidly to rising oil prices than when oil prices fall. Prices at the pump aren’t as quick to fall when oil prices do because retailers first need to sell the gasoline in their tanks, which was purchased when gasoline was more expensive. Regardless, lower oil prices means it costs less to produce gasoline, which is good news for motorists.”
Georgia Gasoline was cheapest in Five years
Tampa, FL – AAA forecast the most auto travelers for the Independence Day holiday on record, and motorists in Florida and Tennessee found the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2009, while gasoline in Georgia was the lowest since 2010.
“Low gas prices were a major driver in the rise in auto travelers this year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “However, Americans have grown cautious about rising gas prices during recent months and worry they would be again be paying $3.00 a gallon soon. Fortunately, gas prices peaked last month and have been on a slow and relatively steady downturn during the past 20 days, which is even more incentive for Americans to take a road trip this summer.”
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Tampa, FL – Impaired drivers traditionally make Independence Day weekend one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 512 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the 2013 holiday weekend. 39 percent of those fatalities involved at least one impaired driver.
Tampa, FL – Gas prices are declining as we approach the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend since 2007. Of the 41.9 million total travelers, 35.5 million Americans will take a road trip; the highest number of auto travelers on record (which dates back to 2000).
“Lower gas prices are added incentive for travelers to pack-up the family vehicle and hit the road this Independence Day,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Motorists have been nervous about rising pump prices during the past five months, but will be delighted to see that prices are on the way back down. Gas prices are likely to continue falling through the holiday weekend, and travelers will find the cheapest gas prices in at least five years.”
Approximately 844,000 Tennesseans will travel; 90 percent will drive
Tampa, FL – AAA projects 41.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day, the most since 2007 and a 0.7 percent increase from the 41.6 million people who traveled last year. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1st to Sunday, July 5th.
“The freedom of summer means families can take extended vacations and, historically, that makes Independence Day the busiest summer travel holiday,” said Joy Dixon, Tennessee Director of Travel, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “This is the largest number of Independence Day travelers since the great recession and it is encouraging news for the recovering economy and the travel industry.”
Tampa, FL – The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline slipped 1-cent since last week’s AAA Gas Price Brief and is currently $2.79 a gallon. Today’s average remains significantly lower than on this same date last year (-89 cents).
The national average declined by fractions of a cent for six consecutive days. Meanwhile prices in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee have declined three, six, and four consecutive days respectively.
AAA offers up to $500.00 in travel savings
Tampa, FL – This summer is an ideal time to travel to Europe as the U.S. dollar is nearly equal in value to the euro, helping travelers stretch their vacation budgets further. In addition to warm-weather destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean, European cities including Rome, Dublin and Paris are among AAA’s top vacation destinations this summer.
According to the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, the number of Americans traveling to Europe so far in 2015 has increased 2.4 percent over last year.
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