The great American road trip is back; Memorial Day travel volume will be second-highest on record

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 19, 2016) – AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005. Spurred by the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30.

“Americans are eagerly awaiting the start of summer and are ready to travel in numbers not seen in more than a decade,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “The great American road trip is officially back thanks to low gas prices, and millions of people from coast to coast are ready to kick off summer with a Memorial Day getaway.”

Car Care Council Supports National Tire Safety Week May 29-June 4

National Tire Safety Week begins May 29 and the Car Care Council urges vehicle owners to inspect their tires for wear and tear, as well as check tire pressure and alignment.

According to a national survey conducted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, only 17 percent of drivers are considered “tire smart” and know the correct way to check their tire pressure.

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty years ago this week the first pilot prototype Camaro was built.  To commemorate this golden anniversary the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) uncovered these little known gems.

9. Born in Cincinnati
The first pilot prototype Camaro (No. 100001) was assembled on May 21, 1966 at the General Motors Assembly Plant, located in Norwood, Ohio, a few miles from Cincinnati. Why Cincinnati?  GM produced a large share of the subsequent production Camaros at the Norwood plant and used the construction of 49 pilot prototypes to develop the assembly line and equipment needed for high volume, serial production.  The Norwood plant was not going to be the only assembly line for Camaros, however, so the company also built three pilot prototypes at their Van Nuys, Los Angeles plant. The Norwood plant was not going to be the only assembly line for Camaros, however, so the company also built three pilot prototypes eight weeks later at their Van Nuys, Los Angeles plant. (Photo courtesy of Philip Borris, Echoes of Norwood)

CHICAGO – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, and the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) joined together to kick off the 2016 national Click It or Ticket safety mobilization. The annual safety campaign is designed to urge all occupants to always buckle their safety belts while they ride in vehicles on America’s roadways.

“It’s a simple idea that every driver and passenger should keep in mind: buckle up, every time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Putting on your seat belt is one of the easiest and safest choices you can make.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2016)- About 70 percent of drivers traveling this summer are concerned about poor road conditions or traffic congestion, according to a new survey from AAA. The survey revealed that 56 percent of U.S. consumers will be hitting the road for summer vacation, but only 1 in 5 think the roads are in great driving condition.

Some top concerns for drivers planning a road trip this summer are:

  • Too much traffic/congestion: 48 percent of drivers
  • Unsafe roads and bridges: 36 percent of drivers

It’s definitely time to clean your car if someone writes “wash me” on your vehicle. Even if your car hasn’t reached that point, a good cleaning of the inside and outside prevents the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, reduces the potential for rust from road salt and helps ensure proper visibility needed for safe driving, according to the non-profit Car Care Council.

To get started, remove any clutter from inside the car, including items that have accumulated in the trunk that can add extra weight and reduce fuel efficiency. The next step is to thoroughly clean and vacuum the interior and wash the windows.

Once upon a time, buying a new car may have sounded like a dream come true, but keeping your car through the “Cinderella Era” can mean more gold at the end of the rainbow, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

“The smartest way to get a solid return on your vehicle investment is to keep your car through what we call the ‘Cinderella Era.’ That’s the period of time after the payoff when your car is still in great shape and needs only modest repairs,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “With proper care, the typical vehicle should deliver at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable performance, and that’s no fairy tale.”

In a rain storm water gets between the tires and this is when cars "surf" on water, also know as hydroplaning. This can occur for all vehicles, no matter what size car/truck you may be operating. Join Lauren Fix, The Car Coach as she discusses driving skills on wet pavement.

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 19, 2016) – The 2015 Tesla Model S 70D was named the AAA Green Car of the Year, the motor club announced today. The Tesla is featured with 80 other green vehicles in the 2016 AAA Green Car Guide, a comprehensive report published annually by the largest member of the AAA federation – the Automobile Club of Southern California and its Automotive Research Center.

AAA’s top three green vehicles, all electrics, were announced today. The BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium rounded out the top three.

“The Tesla Model S 70D has a 240-mile range, room for five, excellent power and steering, and fast charge capability,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “Add sleek styling, great acceleration and an air of sophistication that separates it from other alternative-fueled vehicles and you see why the Model S 70D was our top vehicle this year.”

Bethesda, MD – April 19, 2016 – As a way to celebrate National Car Care Month, the non-profit Car Care Council is encouraging vehicles owners to order a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide. This informative guide offers a wide array of information on the when, why and how of auto care.

“Since the Car Care Guide was first introduced, we have distributed nearly four million guides to savvy motorists who want to drive smart and save money,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “With 20 pages of new information, the Car Care Guide is a must have if you own or operate a vehicle. Why not celebrate Car Care Month with a free gift for you and your car from the Car Care Council?”