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Gasoline demand continues to grow as pump prices fluctuate; Ky. sees four cent increase on the week

The laws of supply and demand continue to be the story behind fluctuating gas prices across the country, including Kentucky. Gasoline demand measured 8.9 million barrels per day in the Energy Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report, up nearly 4% from the week prior. Because of the jump in demand, gasoline supplies tightened to 230.5 million barrels, the lowest level this year. As a result, state...

Crude oil, gas prices continue to climb as stocks tighten and refinery utilization plummets

With a nickel increase on the week, the national gas price average has reached $2.77, which is a 31-cent jump in the last month. Every state average has climbed by double-digits since February, resulting in 1 in 10 gas stations with pump prices that are $3/gallon or more. Here in the Commonwealth, however, the average of $2.60 has Kentucky joining Kansas, Oklahoma and Montana as the 11th least expensive...

Arctic temps drive spike at the pump; Kentucky spared the worst as most see double-digit rise

Motorists are filling-up to some of the most expensive gas prices seen in over a year. With the forced shutdown of Gulf Coast and some Midwest refineries due to last week’s winter weather, gasoline stocks have tightened and gas prices have skyrocketed. On the week, 66% of state averages spiked by double digits (10–22 cents), driving the national average up by 13 cents to $2.63. That is the most...

Rising crude oil prices could signal price increases at the pump; Kentucky prices decrease in past week

The national gas price average has been cheaper year-over-year for 336 days—as much as $1.12/gallon less. However, AAA predicts that trend could end as early as this week. At $2.42, the national average is only a nickel cheaper than a year ago. In Kentucky, prices still dropped a penny on average, to land at $2.25 this week. But that’s only 2 cents cheaper than a year ago. “For nearly a year,...

Gasoline demand takes big jump, but less immediate impact seen at pump; Kentucky prices up 3 cents

Gasoline demand has jumped from 7.53 million barrels per day to 8.11 million barrels per day, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) measurement. A jump in demand that large typically causes a comparable rise at the pump, due to a corresponding decrease in supply. But surprisingly, the recent increase in demand had little impact on gasoline supply and only minimal impact on...

AAA: National gas price average rising to pre-pandemic levels despite plummeting demand

At $2.31, the national gas price average is at its highest in 10 months. Pump prices have increased, despite gas demand falling from 8.1 million barrels a day to 7.4 million barrels a day ― the lowest level recorded since the end of May 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report. Today’s national average is 6 cents more than last week, 16 cents more...

National gas price average holds steady for 12 days; Kentucky price drops 3 cents from last week

The new year has started, but the national gas price average remains unchanged, holding steady at $2.25 for the last 12 days. Meanwhile, after climbing over a dime during the past couple of weeks, the average gas price in Kentucky began edging back downward, although the average price has been stable the last couple of days. Pump price stability at the start of the year is credited to consistent crude...

New survey reveals prevalence of aggressive driving; motorists urged to keep cool this holiday season

Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed anger, aggression or road range behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to data gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Speeding tops the list, with men being the biggest culprit, though women are not far behind. With everyday stress already compounded by the pandemic, and now the holiday season potentially elevating tensions on the...

AAA: Majority of Kentuckians not traveling for Thanksgiving; virus keeping families at home

A new survey by AAA indicates that a large majority of Kentucky residents will not be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and 36 percent of those staying home say it is because of COVID-19 concerns. “Given the recent surge in COVID-19 and the strong urging of public health officials for everyone to stay home for the holiday, the Thanksgiving travel landscape continues to change,” said Lori...

Gasoline demand weakens nationally, motorists continue to see cheaper pump prices in Kentucky

Kentucky saw gas prices drop another 4 cents last week, landing at $1.90. That puts the Commonwealth in second place in the nation for week-over-week decreases, a position it shares with five other states. The national gas price average pushed a penny cheaper on the week to $2.11, following an increase in gasoline stocks and a dip in demand. Stocks added 1.5 million barrels to total 227.6 million barrels,...

After fall time change, AAA warns drivers of dark roads ahead; offers tips to avoid drowsy driving

While this past weekend’s time change brings an extra hour of sleep initially, AAA warns drivers to stay focused on the road as it gets dark earlier. Driving in the dark means drivers will need to take steps to avoid drowsy driving, and pay extra attention to their headlights and vision. “Driving in the dark is more risky for any driver,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs,...

Distracted, drunk and drowsy drivers pose dangers to trick-or-treaters, other motorists on Halloween

As Halloween 2020 approaches, AAA is reminding of the risk for a dangerous traffic safety trifecta ― increased pedestrian activity, drunk driving, and drowsy driving ― all of which converge this Halloween weekend. The ghostly holiday falls on a Saturday this year, followed a few short hours later by “falling back” at the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 1. Halloween...

Kentucky gas prices drop another 5 cents; U.S. gasoline demand, supply and imports decline

Gasoline demand back-tracked for the week ending Oct. 9, decreasing from 8.90 million barrels per day to 8.58 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Demand has decreased, even as total domestic stocks fell by 1.6 million barrels to 225.1 million barrels. Meanwhile, imports fell to their lowest rate since Sept. 18. Combined, lower demand and imports have contributed...

AAA offers safety tips on avoiding animal-vehicle collisions; fall months most dangerous in Kentucky

Fall is officially here and AAA is warning drivers to be more cautious on the roads. Deer mating season is beginning, with October, November and December the most dangerous months in Kentucky for motor vehicle collisions with animals. A collision with a deer or other animal can put a serious dent in a vehicle, if not destroy it completely, and possibly result in serious injuries or fatalities. “Animal-related...

AAA: Important reminders for Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the entire year

AAA believes no life is worth losing to driver distraction. In Kentucky, there were 6,455 collisions attributed to distracted driving in 2019, according to data from the Kentucky State Police. Those collisions resulted in 14 fatalities and 1,719 injuries. AAA is urging all drivers to pay attention and focus on the road during this National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and all year long. “Focused...

AAA: Would your child’s safety seat pass inspection? Parents urged to review Kentucky car seat law

Every day in America, there are children riding in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child restraint systems are often used incorrectly. An estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are misused...

AAA: Kentucky sees second-largest drop in gas prices in nation; demand plummets to 12-week low

As demand dropped for a second week, so did gasoline supply levels – down nearly 3 million barrels to 231 million barrels. Despite consistently decreasing week-over-week, supplies remain at a 3 million barrels year-over-year surplus. “Typically lower supply levels translate into higher pump prices. However, even with consistent declines in gasoline stocks, that’s just not the case right now,”...

AAA: Research indicates automakers’ marketing of driver-assist technologies may be misleading

Motorists using new in-vehicle technologies with names like AutoPilot or ProPilot may believe the driving assist systems are more capable than they actually are, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. AAA is urging automakers to err on the side of caution when it comes to naming and marketing the new technology, encouraging car dealers not to overhype vehicle capabilities...

Kentucky sees third-largest drop in gas prices nationally in past week; low prices here to stay

Motorists saw plenty of savings at the pump from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The national gas price average during the unofficial start and stop to summer was $2.15 ― the cheapest since 2004. Demand was decimated this summer, which ultimately meant increased supply and cheap gas prices. That trend continues. In its latest report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that demand...

Kentucky has largest price drop at gas pumps in nation during past week; average cost now $1.99

Kentucky gas prices have dropped 4 cents in the past week, the biggest drop seen of any state. Most areas saw gas prices decrease minimally over the past week, with the majority seeing a one or two cent decline, or no change at all. Though not big drops, the volatility was enough to drive the national average down a penny over the past week, now landing at $2.17. Today’s national average is two cents...