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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...

AAA: Motorists urged to take extra caution as arctic air sweeps through Central Kentucky through region

With perilously cold temperatures in the forecast, the AAA Roadside Rescue Team is taking extra precautions as it gears up for an increase in stranded motorists over the next several days. That includes steps not only to keep motorists safe but to ensure the health and safety of fleet drivers who come to their rescue during bitterly cold conditions. “With dangerously cold weather coming our way,...

AAA: Over wintry weekend, motorists urged to use caution with changing road conditions; some tips

With the arrival of cold temperatures and wintry precipitation on the way, AAA Blue Grass is gearing up for a busy time. “The dramatic drop in temperatures and accumulating snow in the forecast means it will be all hands on deck as AAA responds to stranded motorists as quickly and safely as possible,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, AAA Blue Grass manager of public and government affairs. “No one ever...

AAA: Reminding partygoers to celebrate New Year’s responsibly — do not drive or walk impaired

As Kentucky residents prepare to ring in the New Year, AAA is reminding partygoers to celebrate responsibly and not drive or walk impaired this New Year’s holiday. With 10,875 (NHTSA) people having died in drunk driving crashes in 2017 nationwide, New Year’s Day consistently ranks among the year’s deadliest days for alcohol-related traffic fatalities. “According to the Kentucky State Patrol,...

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...

AAA: Holiday merriment can lead to deadly consequences on Roadways — do not drive impaired

The holiday season is here, a time of year for parties and gatherings with friends, family and coworkers. Often these festivities include alcohol, resulting in some partygoers finding themselves impaired with no safe ride home. AAA urges drivers not to turn the holiday season into a deadly situation by driving impaired. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 885 people...

AAA: Cheapest December national gas price average in two years — welcome news for holiday travelers

At $2.37, the national gas price average continues to drive toward the cheapest pump prices seen during the month of December since 2016, which is welcome news for the millions of Americans expected to begin holiday travel later this week. “AAA expects 102 million Americans to drive to their holiday destination this year, which is a four percent increase year-over-year,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins,...

AAA: Reminders about safety and school buses that every motorist (and students) need to heed

Last week’s crash in which three siblings were struck and killed by a pick-up truck and another child was left in critical condition as they were about to board their school bus in Fulton County, Ind., serves as a somber reminder about the importance of school bus safety. Today, a vehicle crashed into three children and two adults at a school bus stop in Tampa, injuring them. Motorists need to be...

Gas prices continue to fall across Kentucky, but geopolitical concerns could mean big changes ahead

Gas prices are falling across the Bluegrass, but relief at the pump may not last if geopolitical concerns begin to impact crude oil prices. Kentucky’s average gas price is $2.67, dropping another 8 cents from last week and putting the Commonwealth fifth on the leaderboard for greatest fall in price, week over week. In Lexington, motorists welcomed another 12 cent drop in prices on the heels of last...

New AAA research finds teen driver, passenger combination increase risk of crash deaths 51 percent

Teen drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of a deadly crash, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In contrast, when older passengers (35 or older) ride with a...