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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...

AAA: As temperatures rise, motorists urged to maintain vehicles, avoid breakdowns in summer heat

As temperatures continue to push 90 degrees in Kentucky, commuters and travelers alike need to be aware of the added stress high temperatures place on vehicles. With the heatwave expected to continue through the Independence Day travel period, motorists are reminded to take a few precautions before hitting the road and be mindful of summer driving conditions on the way to their destinations. Whether...

AAA study: Motorists believe texting behind the wheel is as dangerous as driving intoxicated

Nearly 97 percent of motorists believe texting or emailing on a cellphone while driving is an extremely or very dangerous behavior, about the same number (95.1 percent) that perceive driving while intoxicated to be extremely or very dangerous. That’s according to results of the newly released AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which identifies attitudes and behaviors related...

Kentuckians see early-summer savings at the pump; average price for regular unleaded gas down a dime

Kentuckians hitting the road for summer vacations are finding some good news at the pump. The average price for regular unleaded has dropped a dime since last week, settling at $2.54. Today’s average gas price in Kentucky is 25 cents less than it was a year ago. In Lexington, prices dropped 16 cents on the week, landing at $2.55. Prices for the metro averaged $2.69 one year ago. Nearly every...

AAA says long holiday weekend predicted to be second-highest travel volume on record

Nearly 43 million Americans will kick off their summers with a Memorial Day weekend getaway, according to forecasts by AAA. The long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record for the holiday since AAA began tracking volumes for Memorial Day travel in 2000. This year’s anticipated number of travelers is surpassed only...

AAA: Gas prices may rise due to Iranian sanctions waivers announcement by U.S. State Department

After posting a week-over-week drop of 3 cents, gas prices in Kentucky have begun to creep upward following the U.S. State Department’s announcement to end sanction waivers for countries that import oil from Iran. Crude oil prices are seeing an immediate impact as a result of Monday’s announcement. “With the end of waiver sanctions, Americans could see increased gas prices this summer, leading...

Most Americans fearful of self-driving vehicles; AAA believes testing, experience will aid acceptance

A year after multiple, high-profile automated vehicle incidents, American attitudes toward fully self-driving cars have not rebounded. AAA’s annual automated vehicle survey found that 71 percent of people are afraid to ride in completely self-driving vehicles — indicating overall sentiment has not yet returned to what it was prior to these incidents (63 percent fearful). The key to helping consumers...

AAA: Average gas price in Kentucky is up 9 cents, putting it in top ten in country for largest increase

The average gas price in Kentucky climbed 9 cents in the past week, putting it among the nation’s top 10 states for largest weekly increases. On the week, 28 states saw gas price averages increase by at least a nickel, pushing the national gas price average up 6 cents to land at $2.33. That is the largest one-week increase seen at the national level this year. In Lexington, the average gas price...

AAA: Gas prices edged upward across much of central U.S. during stretch of frigid weather

While most states saw gas prices trend lower to start off the first week in February, the average gas price of $2.10 for Kentucky is about 2 cents higher than a week ago following a price jump during the stretch of frigid weather. “Three-fourths of the country faced below-freezing temperatures last week. The forecast may have prompted many motorists to fill up early and often, ahead of the severe...