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From an everyday route to long road trips, easy ways to save money as fuel prices continue to rise  

ORLANDO,Fla., (February 24, 2012) – With gas prices hitting an all-time February high and the current national retail average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline hanging at $3.70, many drivers are anxious about what to expect in the coming months.

“Every driver is impacted by the increased cost of fuel” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA National Vice President, Automotive, Financial Services and e-Business. “There are several easy things drivers can do to stretch each tank of gas and find the lowest fuel prices when it is time to fill up.”

AAA provides these fuel-saving tips and advice to drivers:   

Properly inflate tires

Only 17 percent of cars have all four tires properly inflated, yet the U.S. Department of Energy reports that proper tire inflation can improve fuel economy by up to three percent. It’s important not only to check tire pressures at least once a month, but also make sure it’s done correctly; a survey found 85 percent of motorists don’t know how to properly check tire pressures. Check the pressures when the tires are cold and have not been driven recently. Tires should be inflated to levels recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, not the pressure levels stamped on the tire sidewall. The proper pressure levels can be found on a sticker on the driver’s side door jamb or in the owner’s manual.

Be gentle on the gas and brake pedals

One of the easiest and most effective ways to conserve fuel is to change driving styles. Instead of making quick starts and sudden stops, go easy on the gas and brake pedals. If there is a red light ahead, ease off the gas and coast up to it rather than waiting until the last second to brake. Once the light turns green, gently accelerate rather than making a quick start. The U.S. Department of Energy reports aggressive driving can lower a car’s fuel economy by up to 33 percent.

Let AAA find lowest gas prices

AAA’s smartphone app AAA Mobile provides motorists with the most current and accurate gas price data available, by drawing on credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations nationwide. Drivers  can find the lowest gas prices close to home or on the road. The AAA app’s GPS technology enables users to quickly locate stations on a map and see the price for all available grades of gasoline. Visit AAA.com/Mobile.

Drive the speed limit

Slowing down to observe the speed limit is safer and can conserve fuel. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that each 5 mph driven over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. Leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination to avoid feeling rushed so you can arrive safely and with a little more fuel in the tank.

Plan errands in advance

When running errands, try to combine multiple tasks into one trip. Several short trips starting with a cold engine each time can use twice as much gas as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Also, plan the route in advance to drive the fewest miles. Online mapping tools such as AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner are available to help plan routes and are free to  all motorists at AAA.com.

Lighten the load

A heavier vehicle uses more fuel. Lighten your vehicle by cleaning out the trunk, cargo areas and passenger compartments. Also try to avoid using a car’s roof rack to transport luggage or other equipment—especially over long distances on the highway. A loaded roof rack affects the vehicle aerodynamics and creates extra drag that reduces fuel economy.

Stretch your gas money

Members who pay for gasoline with their AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card receive double points on gas purchases.  Members also receive one point for every dollar they spend, triple points on AAA and all travel purchases and double points on gas, grocery and drug store purchases.  Members can redeem points for cash, travel or gift cards.  The card may not be available in all areas.  Members can apply for the AAA Member Rewards Visa® credit card at AAA.com/creditcard.   

Keep up-to-date on vehicle maintenance

Keeping a car running properly helps achieve maximum fuel economy. Be sure to follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, and do not ignore vehicle warning lights that indicate something is wrong. Warning lights can signal problems that will greatly decrease a car’s fuel efficiency. To help motorists find reliable, high-quality vehicle service, AAA has inspected and approved nearly 8,000 auto repair shops across the country. To locate a nearby AAA Approved Auto Repair shop, visit AAA.com/repair.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

Orlando, Fl – 3/22/2011

New AAA travel survey shows more travelers looking to take non-traditional vacation while appeal of traditional vacations decline

AAA and Bank of America today announced the launch of the new AAA Member Rewards Visa credit card from Bank of America. The card provides triple points on all qualifying travel and AAA purchases, double points for gas, grocery and drug store purchases and one point for every dollar spent on all other purchases.

“At a time when many credit card programs are cutting back on how consumers can earn points and rewards, AAA has developed a credit card for its members unlike any other on the market,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA National Vice President, Automotive and Financial Services. “The AAA Member Rewards Visa makes it easy to quickly accumulate points on everyday necessities, such as gasoline and groceries, in addition to substantial travel rewards.”

Concurrent to the launch of the credit card, AAA released findings of a new travel survey that show an increasing trend in non-traditional vacations. While 86 percent of Americans surveyed said they have taken a traditional vacation, such as a family vacation or romantic getaway, only 81 percent are considering taking one in the next year.

However, when asked about less traditional forms of travel, the AAA survey found there is an increased interest among Americans to take trips to learn a new skill, perform volunteer work, have a medical procedure or do something on their ‘bucket list.’ While 48 percent of respondents said they have taken one of the non-traditional vacations, 58 percent are considering doing so in the next year.

The AAA Member Rewards Visa card not only offers AAA members an opportunity to earn triple points on travel, but also allows points to be redeemed for vouchers for unique travel experiences for those seeking a non-traditional vacation.

“Whether you’re seeking a traditional family vacation or a new, exciting untraditional getaway, the AAA Member Rewards Visa offers rewards to help you get there. But the benefits are not just limited to travel. The AAA Member Rewards Visa brings together what AAA is best known for with the ability to redeem points for travel, auto repair, cash and more,” noted Doney.

“We’re pleased to build on our successful and long-standing affinity partnership with AAA,” said Andres De Armas, affinity card and banking executive for Bank of America. “This new AAA card delivers some of the richest travel rewards in the industry and provides enhanced value back to AAA members. The card offers their members maximum earning power and a wide variety of redemption choices – with no tiers or limits.”

Cardholders can redeem points for a variety of rewards, including:

  • AAA Branch Vouchers good for purchases at AAA branches—including travel
  • AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility Vouchers for purchases at any AAA approved facility
  • Cash—a full one percent cash back starting at 5000 points
  • Gift cards to more than 100 retailers, restaurants and more
  • Travel on major airlines with no blackout dates, hotel and car rentals
  • Merchandise including electronics, sporting goods and more.
  • Experiences – Joe Montana Winery, NASCAR Pit Crew, etc.

In addition to reward points, card member benefits include:

  • 2500 bonus points after first purchase within the first 90 days, enough for the first reward
  • No limit to the number of points earned
  • 24-hour access to concierge service
  • $500,000 automatic travel accident insurance

AAA, a Bank of America affinity card partner since 1999, recently renewed its partnership with Bank of America. Bank of America is the leader in affinity card marketing and is endorsed by more than 1,600 organizations worldwide. Through partnerships with organizations worldwide, Bank of America provides consumers a way to proudly display their affiliation with a particular organization or cause.

“Through AAA’s partnership with Bank of America, we are able to leverage the power and prestige of both brands in the development of new products that provide maximum benefit to AAA members,” added Doney.

For information about rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of the AAA Member Rewards Visa credit card, or to apply, AAA members can visit any AAA branch, online at www.AAA.com\CreditCard or call 866-665-3581.

AAA

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 52 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,900 retail banking offices and approximately 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 29 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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