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Kentucky sees largest jump at pump in the nation; significant increase in gas demand last week

Demand for gasoline across the the country is signaling that Americans are filling up more, according to AAA. For Kentuckians, that’s also meant higher prices at the pump. In the past week, the average gas price for unleaded in Kentucky has jumped 9 cents to land at $2.10. That’s the biggest leap of any state in the nation, week over week. It also lands Kentucky the number five spot on the leaderboard...

Gas price increases slow nationally as demand dips; Kentucky prices at pumps only a penny higher

After weeks of watching prices tick upward with the reopening of the economy, the rate at which gas prices are increasing across the country is slowing. Thirty states only saw an increase of a penny or two over the past week, including Kentucky, causing the national average to push more expensive by just three cents to $2.13 since last Monday. In Kentucky, the average for regular unleaded inched up...

Gasoline demand steadily increasing as pump prices climb, but costs remain mostly steady in Kentucky

Just like Americans across the country, Kentuckians are filling up at the pump more and more. Despite the increased demand, the Bluegrass saw only modest increases in the average gas price during the past week. That’s not been the story everywhere, however. The slow, but steady, rise in demand has pushed the national pump price more expensive by 13 percent since mid-May. Today’s national average...

AAA: National gas price rises above $2 per gallon; Kentucky current average at the pump is $1.94

For 66 days, the national gas price average held below the $2/gallon mark, pushing as cheap as $1.76. But, in the past week, the national average has inched up to $2.03. That increase is evident in Kentucky as well, where the current average is $1.94, up a dime since a week ago. The Bluegrass region in particular has seen gas prices climb at twice that rate in many communities. U.S. gasoline demand...

Gas prices in downward spiral; Kentucky is sixth-lowest gas market in nation; no spike expected

With the average price at $1.43, Kentucky is the sixth-lowest gas market in the nation, as prices at the pump continue their downward spiral amidst weakened demand. Some Northern Kentucky gas stations had regular gasoline at $1.25 a gallon. “AAA forecasts that the national average will continue to decrease into next month, possibly dropping as low as $1.65,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and...

Explore the world from the comfort of your home — AAA introduces virtual travel events

While our new normal may mean trips postponed and plans deferred as travelers stay at home to protect personal and public health, AAA is offering a new way to explore the world from the comfort of your home with the click of a mouse, or the tap of a phone or tablet. AAA Travel’s Virtual Event series is a free online program, open to the public and a great escape from the realities of the COVID-19...

AAA: Deaths due to reckless drivers running red lights hit 10-year high; victim is usually not the driver

The number of people killed as the result of impatient, distracted and reckless drivers running red lights has spiked sharply in recent years, according to analysis of crash data by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And, more often than not (almost 65 percent of the time), the victim is not the offending driver. “This disturbing trend impacts everyone on our roadways – drivers, passengers,...

Tom Wiedemann: AAA campaign sets sights on battling epidemic of ‘intexticated’ driving

AAA has launched a far-reaching safety campaign in Kentucky and other states to advocate for you as a driver and passenger. Our campaign targets drivers who would never consider getting behind the wheel after drinking a beer or any other alcoholic beverage and, yet, will regularly use mobile devices while driving that dangerously take their eyes and minds off the road. The campaign “Don’t Drive...

AAA: Kentucky average gas price now at 30 cents less than one year ago; increases possible

Kentucky’s average gas price dropped 10 cents in the past week to land at $2.06, among the greatest price drops in the nation over the past week. The current Kentucky average gas price is 30 cents less than a year ago. Nearly 20 percent of states are currently enjoying prices below $2.00 per gallon. Nationally, retail averages have dropped ­­­83 of the past 90 days. The national average for regular...