March 13th, 2012 by Amanda Shapiro
AAA Survey Reveals Habits Change to Save Money
WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 12, 2012) – With gas prices already up more than 50 cents in 2012, AAA recently conducted a survey to identify how drivers are changing their behavior to help offset higher prices at the pump. As a result of current gas price increases, 84 percent of respondents have already changed their driving habits or lifestyle in some way. Combining trips and errands was the most commonly reported cost-cutting measure with 60 percent of respondents reporting having already made this adjustment.
Nearly nine in ten (87 percent) respondents would change their driving habits if prices remain at current levels for a sustained period. The ways they would adjust show some interesting differences compared to changes they’ve already considered or adopted. In particular, the recent increase in gas prices has led 16 percent of respondents to purchase or lease a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Should prices remain at current levels, AAA survey results show that this number would more than double—jumping to 34 percent.
While motorists may have little control over the price of gas, they can control the impact of higher prices by following a few of AAA’s recommended tips:
Let AAA’s free app find lowest gas prices – AAA’s TripTik smartphone app also provides motorists with the most current and accurate gas price data available, by drawing on credit card transactions at more than 120,000 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.
Plan trips 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.
AAA’s telephone survey consisted of 1,024 adults and was conducted March 1-4, 2012.
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.
May 25th, 2011 by Amanda Shapiro
Washington, D.C., May 25, 2011
AAA supports today’s announcement by the Obama Administration unveiling the new model year 2013 fuel label that informs consumers about a vehicle’s annual fuel costs/savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Leading up to today’s announcement, AAA submitted comments supporting these consumer improvements.
“Reducing fuel costs and being mindful of the vehicle’s environmental impact are top of mind for many Americans these days.This new and enhanced label will arm consumers with more information in order to make informed purchasing decisions when it comes to new vehicles,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet.
Last November, AAA provided written comments to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed label changes. AAA viewed these changes as important because consumers deserve easy to understand, comprehensive information on the energy cost savings and environmental impact of vehicles while making purchasing decisions. AAA has been active on the issue of accurate and comprehensive vehicle labeling for many years.In 2006, AAA was one of the leading consumer groups that worked closely with the EPA to revise its testing procedures for fuel economy to ensure that vehicle stickers provided motorists with accurate, real-world miles-per-gallon information.
With today’s announcement, AAA plans to help educate the public about the new vehicle labels through AAA’s member magazines, websites and social media channels. “AAA will be informing the public about the improved features of the new vehicle labels and continuing to advocate on behalf of our members on fuel conservation and efficiency issues,” Darbelnet said.
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.
March 12th, 2008 by Amanda Shapiro
ORLANDO, Fla. March 12, 2008
“As the United States marks a new record high price for gasoline, AAA is keenly aware of the rising financial pressure fuel costs are placing on millions of American families.
Motorists who rely on their automobiles to work, shop, and play are understandably upset that the cost of driving is becoming less affordable with each passing year. Every extra dollar needed to fill up the car is a dollar not available for groceries, housing, education, vacations, paying off debt, and other key aspects of American families’ lives. Knowing there are no easy solutions to America’s energy challenges, AAA believes the Presidential candidates should each take this opportunity to clearly articulate long-term, comprehensive energy strategies so voters can understand how they would address this key issue.”
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides nearly 51 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 www.AAA.com