ORLANDO, Fla., (December 16, 2014) – AAA projects 98.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of four percent from the 94.8 million people who traveled last year. This upward trend marks the highest forecast growth rate for the year-end holiday season since 2009 and the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record. (AAA data dates back to 2001.) The year-end holiday period is defined as Tuesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 4.

Highlights from 2014/2015 Year-End Holiday Travel Forecast:

  • Holiday travel is expected to total 98.6 million, an increase of four percent from the 94.8 million who traveled last year.
  • Travel volume for the year-end holidays will reach the highest peak recorded by AAA (since 2001).
  • Nearly 91 percent of all travelers (89.5 million) will celebrate the holidays with a road trip, an increase of 4.2 percent from 2013.
  • Air travel is forecast to grow one percent from 2013, with 5.7 million travelers taking to the skies.
  • Low gas prices continue to help boost disposable income this holiday season, with today’s national average price of gas at $2.53 per gallon, 70 cents less than a year ago.

While last year’s brutal winter may seem like a distant memory, severe weather is on its way. The Car Care Council reminds drivers to ready their vehicles for the rough conditions ahead.

“Vehicle service is always more convenient when you do it on your own schedule. An investment of an hour or so to have your vehicle checked will help make sure it can weather the storm when arctic temperatures strike again,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.


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Join MADD on Tuesday, December 16 to sign the Pledge to Drive Sober to honor the memory of fallen Chandler Police Officer David Payne, part of the East Valley DUI Task Force. Keep the holiday season safe!

Receive a “Tie One On For Safety” MADD ribbon to display on your vehicle as a reminder to drive safe and sober. Take the pledge through December 31 and receive a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20% of any repair or service up to $100.00. Offer good at Chandler location only. Voucher for services through January 31, 2015.*

(PHOENIX, Arizona) December 9, 2014—Tri-City Transmission of Tempe, Arizona, was named a 2014 “Motor Age Top Shop” by Motor Age Magazine. They are the only auto repair shop in Arizona, and one of only 10 shops in the US, to win this annual contest. 

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best automotive shops in the US,” says Dave Riccio, owner of Tri-City Transmission.

The shop was chosen because of their commitment to innovation and service as well as being an exemplary model of an automotive business not only surviving, but thriving in a very competitive industry.

ORLANDO, Fla., (December 9, 2014) – AAA’s Automotive Engineering experts are confident new advanced driver assistance technologies like blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning systems have great potential to keep drivers safer, as long as motorists are aware of system limitations.  As part of AAA’s auto technology series, these two systems were recently evaluated. While the systems performed effectively in multiple situations, this evaluation uncovered scenarios where the systems failed to perform as expected. This included delayed warnings by the blind-spot monitoring technologies and lane-departure warning systems failing to track the lane under certain road conditions.

Winter driving can be perilous, so give the gift of safety this holiday season. Whether you wrap it and put it under the tree or hand it over before holiday travel begins, a road emergency kit will show your loved ones you’re concerned about their well-being on the road.

“Last winter, many motorists were unprepared for the severe weather conditions that affected most of the country, so an emergency kit may be the perfect present for the drivers on your list,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “When unforeseen events occur, being prepared before leaving home will help keep your loved ones out of harm’s way.”

When winter weather sets in, your car needs extra protection from the elements. Don't be caught unprepared on the road. Automotive expert Lauren Fix, The Car Coach visits Detroit with helpful car care tips and automotive products to keep your car well maintained, cleaned, and ready to take on winter roads.



ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Changes in maintenance schedules due to advanced vehicle and fluid technology have changed vehicle service needs. Most motorists manage oil-change services appropriately but miss other critical maintenance items, according to a survey of AAA's nationwide network of Approved Auto Repair shops.

Eighty-eight percent of repair shops find that motorists frequently skip brake fluid service. Other commonly missed items noted by repair providers include proper battery checks (82 percent), transmission fluid maintenance (81 percent), tire maintenance (78 percent) and engine coolant (77 percent).