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Summer Driving Season Calls for Automotive Check Up

AAA recommends a BET on your vehicle.

by on Apr.17, 2018

AAA suggests getting your vehicle looked at before taking any summer trips.

The summer driving season is getting closer, although a look out one’s window may contradict that statement, and that means more driving and, more than likely, some sort of long-distance family trip.

While most folks start preparing for the inevitable rise in gas prices that will add costs to a trip, AAA warns that the majority of travelers should expect some sort of car trouble or breakdown while traveling the U.S.

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A new analysis of AAA roadside data shows that vehicles 10 years and older are twice as likely to end up stranded on the side of the road compared to newer vehicles and on top of that, the odds of needing a tow quadruples. (more…)

A Third of U.S. Drivers Can’t Afford An Unexpected Car Repair

AAA reports offers tips on preventing repair problems.

by on Apr.04, 2017

A new AAA study shows that a third of American drivers would have to go into debt in order to make a significant repair on their vehicle.

It’s the rare driver who hasn’t run into an unexpected problem, whether a blow-out or a blown engine. And while most Americans can find a way to squeeze the necessary money out of the household budget, a new AAA study warns that a full third of U.S. drivers would not be able to handle a sudden vehicle repair without going into debt.

The average repair bill is now running between $500 and $600, according to the report. But the figure can vary widely, with major engine and transmission problems pushing up into the thousands. Even without unexpected repairs, AAA noted, the average cost of owning and operating a vehicle is now up to around $8,500 annually.

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“Millions of Americans are failing to set aside a car care fund to pay for the upkeep of their cars,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “To avoid a surprise down the road, drivers should budget for monthly payments, insurance premiums, fuel costs and the inevitable expenses of routine maintenance and repair.” (more…)

Study Shows Drowsy Driving on Par With Drunk Driving

Drivers need to ensure they're sleeping enough.

by on Dec.09, 2016

A new study from the AAA Foundation reveals that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Tis the season to be driving! And if you’re going to on the road for the holidays, getting enough sleep is likely more important that you realize, according to a new AAA study.

Missing a couple of hours of sleep – at least seven is the recommended amount – can nearly double your risk for a crash. Perhaps more importantly, the Centers for Disease Control suggests that 35% of U.S. drivers sleep less than seven hours a day.

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“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.” (more…)

OPEC Deal Likely to Push Gas Prices Higher

Saudis appear to be on board with new plan.

by on Dec.02, 2016

Gas prices are expected to rise in the weeks ahead if OPEC moves forward with plans to cut oil production.

While the price of gasoline remains low across the United States, according to AAA, prices could be headed upwards if an agreement by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries as well as Russia holds together.

Experts surveyed after OPEC announced the agreement to curtail production voluntarily said the price of oil could top $60 per barrel, which will raise prices at the pump.

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However, analysts will await confirmation that the cartel can stick to an agreement to reduce production and the terms of each country’s participation before making any predictions about pricing. (more…)

Even Voice-Controlled Infotainment Systems Distract Drivers, Warns Study

Feds looking at impact of using systems.

by on Oct.26, 2015

Even using voice-controlled infotainment systems, drivers can be distracted for at least 15 seconds.

Federal regulators blame distracted driving for nearly one in 10 of the nation’s highway fatalities, and much of the focus is on motorists who text while driving. But a new survey warns that even when drivers use voice-controlled infotainment systems and keep both hands on the wheel, they can be dangerously distracted.

Even at 25 miles per hour, using a voice command to do something as simple as make a phone call can shift a driver’s attention away from the road for as long as 27 seconds. That’s the equivalent of driving the length of three football fields, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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“The lasting effects of mental distraction pose a hidden and pervasive danger that would likely come as a surprise to most drivers,” said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “The results indicate that motorists could miss stop signs, pedestrians and other vehicles while the mind is readjusting to the task of driving.” (more…)

One in Three Americans Skips Vehicle Service, Repairs

Unnecessarily increasing the odds of a breakdown.

by on Oct.09, 2015

AAA made 24 mil roadside calls in 2014.

Are you tempting fate? You are if you are among the 35% of Americans who have been skipping or delaying vehicle service and repairs, according to a new study by AAA.

The motoring and travel organization wants that putting off repairs, such as oil changes, and battery and tire replacements, can not only leave a family stranded on the side of the road but put their health and safety at risk. A delayed repair also can mean higher costs later.

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“According to a survey of AAA’s certified Approved Auto Repair shops, consumers that forget or ignore recommended maintenance ultimately pay higher repair costs,” cautioned John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “These repair facilities estimate drivers can save an average of one hundred dollars per visit simply by properly maintaining their vehicle.”

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Gas Prices Begin to Slide After Production Ramps Up

AAA survey shows biggest declines in Midwest.

by on Jun.23, 2015

Gas prices are retreating from their high-water mark for 2015 as oil production increases.

With the price of crude oil remaining low, gasoline prices began to retreat this week after a spike blamed on production issues drove prices to their highest levels this year.

The average price of gasoline across the United Stated moved to a new high of $2.80 per gallon on average last week, but the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has eased back to $2.79 per gallon, according to AAA’s weekly survey of pump prices.

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AAA reported the current price is 5 cents higher than one month ago and remains significantly discounted from this time last year with drivers saving an average of 89 cents per gallon year-over-year. (more…)

AAA Claims Toyota’s Hands-Free System is Best

Organization says most systems still distract driver too much.

by on Oct.07, 2014

AAA tested several hands-free technologies and Toyota's Entune was rated best.

Automakers are coming out with a multitude of hands-free systems, which are supposed make it safer for drivers to stay in touch with the world outside of the car and in command of the inside.

However, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety claims researchs shows hands-free systems like Apple’s Siri, General Motors’ MyLink and Ford’s Sync that are designed to limit distracted driving may have the opposite effect.

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“We already know that drivers can miss stop signs, pedestrians and other cars while using voice technologies because their minds are not fully focused on the road ahead,” said Bob Darbelnet, chief executive officer of AAA. (more…)

What Vehicle is Most Expensive? Compact? SUV?

Biggest costs for new vehicle comes from using it.

by on Mar.25, 2014

AAA figured out what it costs, per mile, to operate a variety of vehicles.

When it comes to buying a new vehicle, many folks are shopping by price. However, it’s not only the monthly payment that buyers should consider, but also the operating costs because often they’re what has owners digging deeper into their pockets for more money on a regular basis.

The 2013 AAA Your Driving Costs report shows that if you drive a typical family sedan, such as a Ford Fusion, it’ll cost you more than $9,000 to operate that car for one year. Have a big SUV? Make it $11,600 per year.

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The study takes into account a variety of factors such as fuel costs, insurance costs, depreciation and other expenses. Fuel costs were based on $3.486 per gallon, the late-2012 U.S. price from AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. Fuel mileage is based on Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy ratings weighted 60% city and 40% highway driving. (more…)

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