08 February 2019

Cold Temperatures Cut Electric Vehicle Range Nearly in Half


As freezing temperatures plague  much of the country, electric vehicle owners may experience a decrease in driving range, compounded by the use of the vehicle’s interior climate control. New research from AAA reveals that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the HVAC system is used to heat the inside of the vehicle, the average driving range is decreased by 41 percent. This means for every 100 miles of combined urban/highway driving, the range at 20°F would be reduced to 59 miles.

13 December 2018

AAA: Year will End with Record Number of Holiday Travelers

AAA forecasts that more than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season. The record-breaking 112.5 million travelers taking to the nation’s runways, roads and rails for the year-end holidays represents a 4.4 percent increase over last year and the most since AAA has been tracking holiday travel.
11 December 2018

AAA Illuminates Dangers of Driving with Cloudy Headlights

New research from AAA reveals that clouded or yellowed headlights generate only 20 percent of the amount of light that new headlights do, leading to dangerous nighttime driving conditions. AAA urges drivers to check their headlights for signs of deterioration and invest in new headlights or, at a minimum, a low-cost service to boost the safety of driving after dark.

08 November 2018

AAA Forecasts Busiest Thanksgiving Travel Period Since 2005

AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.
25 October 2018

New Vehicle Technologies Double Repair Bills for Minor Collisions

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have become a major concern for American motorists who have been involved in a minor collision. According to new research from AAA, advanced systems such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and others, can cost twice as much to repair following a collision due to expensive sensors and their calibration requirements. The research showed even minor collisions that cause damage to this technology located behind windshields, bumpers and door mirrors can add up to $3,000 in extra repair costs.
26 September 2018

AAA: Drivers Rely Too Heavily on New Vehicle Safety Technologies

While advanced driver assistance systems are becoming commonplace in new vehicles, many consumers are unaware of the limitations of the systems, putting themselves and others at risk. According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers are recognizing the value in having vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), like blind spot monitoring systems, forward collision warning and lane keeping assist. However, while many of these technologies are rapidly being offered as standard, many drivers are unaware of the safety limitations of the systems in their vehicles. Lack of understanding or confusion can lead to misuse and overreliance on the systems.
21 September 2018

Take it to the Limit

Based on new recommendations, parents are encouraged to take the time to ensure their children are in the correct seat for their age and size when riding in a car.
 
30 July 2018

AAA Study: 1 in 8 Plan to Move this Year

Summer for most people means warmer weather, backyard barbeques, family vacations, and moving season. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, 1 in 8 Nebraska and North Dakota residents (13%) plan to move within the next year. The majority of residents (61%) plan their move for the spring (April – June) or summer (July – September).
07 June 2018

Tread Lightly: Worn Tires Put Drivers at Risk

Afternoon downpours can spell disaster for motorists as worn tires increase stopping distance. New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by a staggering 43 percent when compared to new tires. The increased stopping distance -- an average of 87 feet -- is more than the length of a semi-trailer truck.
01 June 2018

Teen-Driver Involved Crashes Kill 10 People a Day During 100 Deadliest Days

As school dismiss for the summer, AAA is stressing the importance of preparing and educating inexperienced teen drivers for some of the most dangerous driving days of the year. More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of 10 people per day – a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year, according to data analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.