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Been dreaming about travel and now ready to go — AAA reports over 70% actively planning a trip

A record 69.3% of travelers ― the highest number since the pandemic began ― say they are “ready” to travel, a sign of increased travel optimism as the vaccine rolls out across the country, according to a nationwide Destination Analysts survey conducted April 2-4, 2021. The vast majority, or 77.7%, of those surveyed are also now actively dreaming about and planning travel, the highest number...

AAA: New signs that travel dreams won’t be deferred much longer — folks are itching to travel

One year after the COVID-19 pandemic upended plans for travelers in Kentucky and throughout the world, there are new signs that travel dreams won’t be deferred. A recent, Coronavirus Travel Sentiment Index, conducted by Destination Analysts, found that the majority of respondents say they are ready to travel. This survey, which tracks how Americans feel about the pandemic and the safety of traveling...

AAA: Spring forward, but don’t drive drowsy — sleepy drivers are a major safety risk

The arrival of Daylight Saving Time this weekend means one less hour of sleep and the potential for more sleepy drivers on the road.  AAA is reminding drivers to adjust their clock and sleeping habits to make sure they’re alert behind the wheel. (Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour.) According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the percentage of crashes involving...

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,...

AAA: National gas price average edges upward following Thanksgiving; Kentucky up a penny

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the national gas price average has edged upward. At $2.12, it is two cents more than a week ago, but remains cheaper compared to last month (-2 cents) and last year (-46 cents). Across the country, motorists in nearly 30 states are paying more at the pump than they did last week, with states along the I-95 corridor seeing the largest jump: Delaware (+15 cents), Maryland...

AAA urges motorists to take every precaution to avoid car breakdowns in summertime heat

When the mercury in the thermometer goes up, so does the call volume for AAA emergency roadside service, so AAA is urging motorists to take every precaution in an effort to avoid a true emergency. Because of the pandemic-related shut down, many vehicles have been sitting idle for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to car trouble in itself. Now, the heat of the summer is upon us, when all drivers...

AAA warns motorists against falling back into dangerous driving habits as economies reopen

After three months of staying at home, AAA warns motorists against falling back into dangerous driving habits. As economies reopen and more drivers get back on the road, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows why motorists may not be as focused on good driving behavior when they get behind the wheel. The latest AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index finds drivers who have been in at...

COVID-19 restrictions ease as ‘100 Deadliest Days’ begin for teens; road fatalities increase in summer

The season when teen drivers are most at risk is getting under way just as eased travel restrictions have motorists returning to the road. The combination of schools closed, activities curtailed, summer jobs canceled and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted could prove deadly as teens take to the road this summer. Now is a good time for parents to model safe driving habits, while helping ensure their...

AAA: Pandemic to suppress Memorial Day travel, but vacationers already planning future trips

For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. The annual forecast — which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend — will return next year. Anecdotal reports suggest fewer people will hit the road compared to years past for what is considered...

AAA: Kentucky gas price jumps 15 cents in last week; demand increases, gasoline stocks decrease

The average price for a gallon of unleaded in Kentucky sits at $1.65, a jump of 15 cents week over week, the sixth-largest weekly increase in the nation. Despite continued increases across the country, Kentucky is among 40 states with gas prices that remain below $2 per gallon for regular unleaded. The national gas price average is 6 cents more expensive on the week at $1.84, but still cheaper on the...

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...

Kentucky gas prices continue to be among cheapest in nation; demand is at lowest since 1968

With Monday’s price at $1.51 per gallon, Kentucky continues to be the fourth-lowest gas market in the nation. This is down from last week’s price of $1.58 and the previous month’s average of $2.08. In Lexington, the average gas price is down 7 cents to settle at $1.45 for regular unleaded, compared with $2.05 a month ago. Last year at this time, the average in Lexington was $2.75. Other local...

National pump price for regular gasoline drops to $1.99 per gallon, cheapest average in four years

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time in four years. The national gas price average is $1.99. Here in Ohio the average is $1.63 with motorists able to find gas for less than $2/gallon at 99 percent of gas stations. AAA expects gas prices to push cheaper by at least another quarter in April. The decline is due to COVID-19’s chilling effect...

AAA: Daylight saving time and loss of hour’s sleep is a ‘heads up’ (literally) for drowsy commuters

With the arrival of daylight saving time and the loss of an hour of sleep this weekend, AAA is reminding drivers to not only to ‘spring forward’ and adjust their clocks Sunday, but also their sleeping habits to avoid drowsy driving. “Most people will see a dramatic difference during their morning commute starting on Monday, as roadways remain darker later into the morning, causing concern...

AAA offers tips on checking your car’s tires and what to do about what you see; pothole season is coming

AAA is encouraging motorists to use George Washington’s head (on a quarter) to check their tires, reducing risks on the road, including the potential damage to their tires and vehicles caused by potholes. Regularly checking tire pressure and tread depth are the two checks says can help motorists keep tires in optimal condition. “The two most important tire safety checks – a pressure reading and...

As winter driving conditions worsen, senior drivers must take extra precautions on the road

Ice and snow can make maneuvering winter roadways difficult for motorists of any age, but changing weather conditions can be especially challenging for senior drivers. “AAA is taking the opportunity to remind senior motorists about extra precautions they can take to stay safe on the roadways this winter,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, manager, public and government affairs, AAA Blue Grass. “It’s...

Kentucky, Indiana prices increase slightly as holiday travel week begins; Ohio gas prices hold steady

More than 100 million Americans are taking to the roadways to travel for the holidays, but that hasn’t had a large impact on gas prices. At the start of the work week, only about a dozen states including Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan are seeing more expensive gas prices with increases of less than a dime. Ohio gas prices are holding steady on the week to week. “AAA forecasts that 104 million Americans...

AAA: From road trips to air travel (and all in between), it’s going to be a busy holiday weekend; be careful

Travel is a top priority this Thanksgiving for many Americans, as a growing number are expected to kick off the holiday season with a road trip or air travel. “AAA estimates more than 55 million will travel— a 2.9 percent increase over 2018. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared to last year,” says Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs manager,...

AAA: Gas prices lower going into the holiday; Kentucky average drops 12 cents in the past month

As motorists prepare their vehicles to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, an increase in supply has helped the average Kentucky gas price drop 6 cents over the past week, landing at $2.36. After a number of fluctuations this fall, the current average price for a gallon of unleaded in the Commonwealth sits at 3 cents less than a year ago. Lexington saw even more dramatic drops in gas...

Gas prices stabilize nationally as demand becomes more seasonal; Kentucky average at $2.42

The average Kentucky gas price dropped a penny from yesterday, but remains 4 cents higher than a week ago. The modest fluctuations are reflective of more stable prices across the country, as demand becomes more seasonal. The current average gas price for Kentucky is currently $2.42, compared with $2.39 a month ago and $2.47 a year ago. The average price for Lexington dropped 3 cents from yesterday,...