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ORLANDO, Fla., –  April 15, 2011

As fuel prices continue to climb, drivers pushing gas tanks to their limits could end up with costly repair bills in addition to putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations

Christie HydeWith gas prices nearing record levels, motorists who attempt to stretch a tank of gas too far could end up stranded at the roadside. AAA cautions drivers that allowing their car to run out of fuel can not only put them in a potentially dangerous situation, but also could result in costly repair bills.

“We realize some motorists are trying to be resourceful and delay fuel expenditures by driving their car until the gas tank is nearly empty, but this can sometimes do more harm than good,” said John Nielsen, AAA National Director of Auto Repair, Buying Services and Consumer Information.

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Potential Costly Repairs from Running on Empty

Running a vehicle extremely low on fuel may cause sediment in the bottom of the tank to clog the fuel pump pickup, the fuel filter or even the fuel injectors. In addition, when a minimum level of fuel is not maintained it could cause the electric fuel pump inside the tank to overheat. The cost to replace that one component alone can be $500 or more in parts and labor.

Dangers of Running Out of Gas

Running out of gas also can put the personal safety of a motorist and their passengers in jeopardy should the vehicle suddenly become immobilized on the roadway. “Power steering and brakes can be lost when the engine dies, and drivers can end up stranded in the middle of a busy highway without the ability to move their vehicle. Fortunately, out-of-gas situations are completely avoidable just by keeping an eye on the fuel gauge,” noted Nielsen.

Finding the Lowest Priced Gas before Hitting E

AAA recommends drivers always maintain at least a quarter tank of fuel. “We understand everyone today is looking to save money by finding the lowest priced gas before they fill up. AAA can help in that quest with several free tools drivers can use to plan their fill ups in advance so they both save money and avoid running out of gas,” explained Nielsen.

Both the TripTik Travel Planner on AAA.com and the free AAA TripTik Mobile iPhone app can help drivers plan efficient routes for errands and locate the best places to stop for gas along the way. And on the go, AAA TripTik Mobile provides motorists with turn-by-turn navigation and audible directions. Both tools allow drivers to compare frequently updated fuel costs at gas stations near their location.

Safe, Smart Ways to Save on Gas

Rather than stretching their fuel supply too far, AAA urges motorists to make a few simple changes in their driving habits that can greatly improve fuel economy.

“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, accelerate gently rather than making a ‘jack rabbit’ start,” said Nielsen.

The U.S. Department of Energy reports aggressive driving can reduce a car’s fuel economy up to 33 percent.

Speed also is a key factor in conserving fuel. The fuel efficiency of most vehicles decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. “Every additional 5 mph above 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. Take it easy on the road and you’ll see a tremendous savings at the pump,” added Nielsen.

AAA offers more than 40 ways motorists can reduce the amount of fuel they consume in its “Gas Watchers Guide” available online at AAA.com/PublicAffairs.

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.

ORLANDO, Fla., January 21, 2011

AAA has expanded its suite of mobile offerings with the launch of an Android-compatible version of its AAA Roadside app.

Christie HydeThe free app allows AAA members to request roadside assistance from the nation’s largest motor club without even placing a call.

Users do not have to worry if they are unable to provide an address or location of where they are broken down, because the AAA Roadside app utilizes the phone’s GPS to transmit their location directly to AAA Roadside Assistance.

“AAA is committed to developing new and innovative ways to better meet the needs of its members,” said Marshall L. Doney, vice president, AAA Automotive and Financial Services. “Breakdowns are never a pleasant experience, but mobile offerings such as the AAA Roadside app can help AAA locate members quickly and be prepared to try to resolve their car trouble on-site so we can get them back on the go.”

The AAA Roadside app debuted in 2009 with an iPhone-compatible version that has been downloaded a half million times. In addition to a redesigned user interface, the app includes several new features.

AAA Roadside now offers a Battery Quote Calculator that instantly provides AAA member pricing on replacement batteries offered through AAA’s Mobile Battery Service. After entering the vehicle’s year, make, model and engine size, AAA members receive battery pricing and can choose to have their battery replaced by one of AAA’s roadside problem-solvers. If they do so, the pricing and part number are submitted automatically with their request for AAA Roadside Assistance.

AAA members also can register up to eight vehicles to their app profile, which is sent automatically with roadside assistance requests to aid AAA’s roadside problem-solvers in quickly locating members in need of rescue.

Additionally, the app enables users to locate nearby AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities should their car trouble require a tow to a repair shop, and they are in need of recommendations of where to go. AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities are inspected by AAA and must meet and maintain tough professional standards for training, cleanliness, customer service and equipment. Customers of Approved shops are surveyed on an ongoing basis, and the shop must maintain a customer satisfaction index of 90 percent or higher.

The AAA Roadside app is only the latest in a suite of free mobile offerings by the nation’s largest motor club. The AAA Discounts app, available for iPhone and Android, uses GPS technology to display nearby AAA Show Your Card & Save locations. AAA TripTik Mobile, available for iPhone, provides AAA’s mapping and travel planning tools on a phone in addition to being the first free app to offer updated gas prices at stations near the user’s location.

AAA Mobile Web can be accessed from any web-enabled smartphone and allows members to submit a request for AAA Roadside Assistance, receive a battery quote and locate AAA offices, AAA Show Your Card & Save locations, AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and AAA Approved and Diamond Rated Lodgings and Restaurants.

Sprint mobile customers can take advantage of AAA FindMe, a free service for AAA members that allows a GPS-enabled mobile phone to transmit their location directly to AAA when requesting roadside assistance. AAA members can register their Sprint mobile phone number at AAA.com/AAAFindMe.

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.

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