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Kentucky has largest price drop at gas pumps in nation during past week; average cost now $1.99

Kentucky gas prices have dropped 4 cents in the past week, the biggest drop seen of any state. Most areas saw gas prices decrease minimally over the past week, with the majority seeing a one or two cent decline, or no change at all. Though not big drops, the volatility was enough to drive the national average down a penny over the past week, now landing at $2.17. Today’s national average is two cents...

Gas demand low, national average decreases for first time since April; Kentucky prices rise by 3 cents

As COVID-19 case numbers surpass 4 million, demand for gasoline is weakening across the nation. That’s made for lower prices in many areas of the country, but not here in the Bluegrass. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) demand reading measures at 8.5 million barrels per day, which is about 11 percent less than a year ago. The lower demand contributed to a cheaper national average...

AAA: Gasoline prices remain mostly steady, despite demand at highest level in four nearly months

Gasoline demand increased on the week to the highest level (8.7 million barrels per day) since March as stocks decreased, but the combination still wasn’t enough to significantly impact gas price averages in Kentucky or across the country. On the week, the national gas price average only increased a couple of pennies to land at $2.20. That is 10 cents more than last month and nearly 60 cents less...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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: 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,...

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...

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...