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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,...

Kentucky’s average gas prices jump 20 cents over past week, experience largest price increase in nation

As gas prices rose in many areas across the country last week, Kentucky led the nation with the largest week-over-week rise in average gas price, jumping 20 cents. However, at $2.53, the current average in Kentucky for unleaded is still well below the $2.77 motorists were paying in Kentucky last year at this time. Despite the recent jump, Kentucky still has about the 17th cheapest average gas price...

AAA: True cost of annual vehicle ownership rises to $9,282; spike in finance costs drives increase

It’s going to cost more for those looking to buy a new car this year. Finance costs on new car purchases have jumped 24 percent in 2019, according to new AAA research, pushing the average annual cost of vehicle ownership to $9,282, or $773.50 a month. That’s an overall annual increase of $433 – or nearly 5 percent – from last year. This is the highest cost associated with new vehicle ownership...

AAA: Gas prices continue slight downward trend heading into fall; new season brings lower demand

Gas prices continue to trend lower, with half of all states seeing pump prices drop two cents on the week. The national average to push is cheaper by a penny, down to $2.56. Today’s average is 11 cents less than a month ago and 28 cents cheaper than a year ago. Kentucky’s downward trend in gas prices has been less dramatic of late. The average dropped just a penny this past week after making greater...

AAA: Kentucky gas prices down another 8 cents, second-largest drop in nation, after Florida

Kentucky’s average gas price dropped another 8 cents, week over week, to land at $2.54. The decline was the second-largest drop in the nation, trailing only Florida, which saw a 9 cent drop on average. Kentucky’s current average gas price for regular unleaded is about 22 cents less than prices seen at this time in 2018 and 3 cents less than on the same day last month. Prices dropping across much...

Safe Ride KY offers $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving during Independence Day

The Safe Ride KY coalition has announced that it is offering Kentuckians $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving and complement the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s enforcement efforts during Independence Day. Individuals can claim $10 in ride credits by downloading the Lyft app on their phones, entering promo code SAFERIDEKY4TH19, and ordering a safe ride home. The credit will...

Kentucky gas prices jump 8 cents ahead of July 4 holiday; rising crude oil prices among factors

After weeks of steady declines at the pump, gas prices are starting to increase across the country. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is now 6 cents higher than a week ago, landing at $2.72. In Kentucky, a gallon of regular unleaded is averaging 8 cents higher than a week ago, landing at $2.58 just as motorists gear up for Independence Day holiday travel. Despite the recent increases,...

AAA: Record-breaking 48.9 million Americans expected to travel this Fourth of July

Nearly 49 million Americans will celebrate the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year — more than ever recorded since AAA began tracking holiday travel data in 2000. Overall travel volume for the holiday is expected to rise 4.1 percent over last year, with an additional 1.9 million people planning road trips and other vacations to celebrate America’s birthday. For the record-high...