Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Statistics from AAA show road deaths are up among 16- and 17-year-olds nationwide, but not in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's recent decrease in driving deaths among 16- and 17-year-olds bucked a nationwide increase of 19 percent, AAA Mid-Atlantic announced Tuesday. In the first six months of 2012, six Pennsylvania drivers of those ages died in accidents, down from 10 in the first six months of 2011, according to AAA. Throughout the United States, the toll rose from 202 to 240. Read on for more information from AAA, then tell us in the comments section below whether you've noticed teens driving more safely in the last couple years: "This is good news for the Keystone state, and we hope the recent strengthening of Pennsylvania teen driving laws will continue the positive trend," said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The price has jumped 18 cents in the last week.
This past week has seen gas prices jumping more than two digits in many areas of the country, including the Philadelphia area, according to AAA. AAA attributes the price jump to a rise in crude oil prices and some refineries closing for good or for maintenance. They call this week-over-week spike the most dramatic in nearly two years. Here are the average gas prices from February 5, according to AAA: Where are you finding the best gas prices? Share with your neighbors by adding a comment below.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
AAA reports nearly double the number of emergency calls as last year.
You aren’t the only one feeling the cold. Your car is too. AAA Mid-Atlantic reported that on Tuesday it responded to nearly double the number of battery calls it had on the same day last year. Batteries are the biggest reason motorist call during a cold spell, according to AAA. “When temperatures plummet, automotive failures skyrocket. We know that the severe cold will cause calls to AAA for jump starts and frozen locks increase tremendously, but most of these calls are preventable with appropriate maintenance,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic in a press release. “In frigid weather like this, weak car batteries are the first to go, so it’s worth having your battery checked – and if …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
2012 was an expensive year to drive.
If you found your wallet a little lighter at the end of 2012, your driving may have something to do with that. AAA reports that 2012 was the most expensive year on record for gas prices with a national average of $3.60. The year before, 2011 takes second place with an average of $3.51 and 2008 comes in third with an average of $3.25. “Record high gas prices have made this the most expensive year yet for motorists,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic in a press release. “Factors as volatile as major hurricanes, refinery outages and tension in the Middle East resulted in significant frustration for people filling up their cars.” Pennsylvania was not one of the most expensive states for gas, …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Are you one of these statistics?
AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays. Here are travelers by the numbers: (*Information according to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index - a monitor of pricing in 20 popular cities across the US for hotel and car rentals, as well as 40 pairs of cities for air travel pricing.) The above information is provided by AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Millions will travel more than 50 miles for Christmas and New Year’s this year. See how many of them are from the Philadelphia area.
More than 1 million travelers from the Philadelphia area (or one in four) will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the year-end holidays, according the AAA Mid-Atlantic. That’s an increase of nearly 2 percent over last year. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. AAA Mid-Atlantic’s holiday travel forecast is based on travelers’ intentions and historical data as of mid-November. “Despite high gas prices and slow economic recovery, more than 25 percent of Philadelphia area residents (over 1 million people) plan to travel during the upcoming 11-day holiday travel season,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Unlike other …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If you're car shopping, you'll want to be on the look out for vehicles that saw the worst of Hurricane Sandy.
Information provided by AAA: Thousands of vehicles were damaged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but not all were total losses. AAA Mid-Atlantic warns potential car buyers that flood-damaged vehicles may soon be making their way to used car dealers throughout our region and across the country for resale. “If you’re looking at buying a used car, inspect it carefully for food damage. Also, you should research the car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) prior to purchase, and be sure to contact your insurance company before purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle,” advises Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Flood-damaged vehicles can be shipped anywhere for resale, and they often continue to …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Find out what AAA has to say about hotel and car rental rates this holiday.
The following is provided by AAA: The Thanksgiving holiday is unique falling on a Thursday every year. Many people are off from work the Friday after, giving travelers the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends. AAA asked intended travelers which days they would depart for and return from Thanksgiving Travel. Among those surveyed, the majority of travelers plan to leave the Wednesday before the holiday (45 percent) and return the following Sunday (36 percent) with another 25 percent expecting to return on Monday, Nov. 26. Automobile travel remains dominant mode of transportation, air travel decreases Approximately 90 percent of travelers or 39.1 million people plan to travel by automobile this Thanksgiving. This is a 0.6 …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Most of those people will be on the road. See what other predictions AAA is making about those joining you in holiday travel this week.
Information provided by AAA: AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 0.7 percent over the 43.3 million people who traveled last year. This increase marks the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 25. Highlights from this year’s 2012 AAA Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast include: “Thanksgiving travel hit a decade low in 2008 when only 37.8 million Americans traveled,” said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet. “Since that year we have seen a steady increase in the number of travelers …
Friday, May 25, 2012
1 in 10 residents of the five county area to travel, says AAA.
AAA-Mid Atlantic estimates that 400,000 residents of the five county area will be traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, despite gas prices peaking near $4 a gallon. The agency defines traveling as journeys of 50 miles of greater. Of that figure, 88 percent plan to drive to their destination, roughly the same number as last year, says AAA. “Despite near-record-high gas prices this spring, Philadelphia area residents are ready to travel to welcome the summer season this Memorial Day holiday weekend,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “While the economy continues to improve slightly, consumers have felt the pain at the pump in recent months, yet many will still travel. Local Memorial Day …