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Traffic is beginning to pick up across the country and there are increased vaccinations and decreased pandemic restrictions.  With that in mind, AAA Michigan and The Auto Club Group is reminding drivers about the importance of focusing on the road ahead and not on their smartphones during “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.”

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AAA Travel is expecting at least 34-million fewer Americans to travel over the Christmas-New Year’s holiday season.  But even though there are less travelers, there are still many who will venture out and AAA is advising caution for those do.

“While Thanksgiving is traditionally spent gathering with friends and family, the year-end holidays is when Americans go out for more elaborate vacations, but that will not be the case this year.”

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As students head back to school, whether virtually or in person, drivers are being encouraged to be careful on the roads.

The pandemic has brought about what will no doubt be a unique school year.  Some classes are in person, others online.  But either way, AAA is urging drivers to be careful as classes resume.  Here’s
AAA spokesperson, Adrianne Woodland.

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A new study by AAA finds driving assistance systems in cars may do less to assist drivers and more to interfere.

Are driving assistance systems in new cars working the way they should? New research from AAA says maybe not.

“AAA automotive researchers found that over the course of 4,000 miles of real-world driving, vehicles equipped with active driving assistance systems experienced, on average, some type of issue every 8 miles.”

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For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not give out it’s Memorial Day travel forecast.  The reason stems from the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast.  AAA says it has been undermined by COVID-19.

“The annual forecast which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend, will return next year.”

  

Labor Day is traditionally the third-most traveled holiday of the summer travel season.  AAA Michigan says more than a million Michiganders are expected to hit the road.  With that in mind, the Automobile Association is calling for motorists to stay safe.

“What we’re really trying to do is a statewide call for caution along with a back to basics safety tips for travelers, so just a few things to remind people to have a safe holiday, and bring them back alive.”

AAA Michigan is warning motorists about the 100 deadliest days.  It’s the annual notification of the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when kids are out of school and are on the roads more.  Local representatives offer some tips for teens and parents.

“Teen driver involved crashes kill 10 people a day during the 100 deadliest days.”

That’s Steven Giffel, AAA Field Manager in West Michigan. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says the average of ten people per day is a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.  The statistics are alarming.

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Memorial Day is less than two weeks away.  It of course kicks off the start of summer.  After enduring a wicked winter, Michiganders will start the season by traveling in record numbers.  That from AAA Michigan officials

“I think people have had it with rain, sleet and snow and they are ready for sunshine and the beaches in Michigan and they are ready for sunshine and the beaches and a good time in Michigan and kicking off Memorial Day in a safe and happy way.”

AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about 7 cents in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club said late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.93 per gallon. Prices are about 52 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.85 in the Traverse City area. The highest was about $2.97 in the Ann Arbor area. The Detroit-area's average was about $2.94, up about 6 cents per gallon.

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As the construction season moves full speed ahead across Michigan roads and highways, AAA Michigan is kicking off some special alerts.  The alerts are part of a series: “ Coping with construction.” 

It’s the first in a series of alerts that are being issued by AAA Michigan.  Entitled “Coping with Construction”, the idea behind the alerts is to provide commuters help when dealing with all the spring and summer construction projects that may cause headaches for drivers.  Here’s West Michigan Field Manager, Steven Giffel with tips to avoid any problems.

For many Michiganders, the beginning of December and the coming weekend signals the traditional time to bring home a fresh-cut Christmas tree.  Based on information from a new survey, AAA is urging motorists to take extra steps to safely secure Christmas trees for transporting.   

“A new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, so we want to help people prevent dangerous road debris.”

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AAA projects that more than 1.6 million people from Michigan will travel this month for the Thanksgiving holiday. The auto club released its annual forecast on Thursday for people traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more, saying that's up 3.5 percent from last year. AAA says it would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan. 

Tomorrow is Halloween. And while most tend to get excited about the day, AAA Michigan has issued its annual safety alert, for children and adults.  AAA officials says Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists.

“Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year with the increased number of pedestrians trick-or-treating, the risk of cell phone distraction while driving or walking and potentially impaired party goers behind the wheel, it makes for a frightening combination.”

Michigan has declared a state of energy emergency to address fuel supply problems resulting from Harvey. Gov. Rick Snyder's office says he issued an executive order Thursday. It allows the suspension of some vapor pressure regulations for petroleum products being trucked in some areas across the state. Snyder says his executive order "will help ensure there are no artificial shortages of fuel impacting the state's residents or visitors." 

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AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.42 per gallon. That's about 9 cents more than at the same point last year. AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.32 per gallon in the Saginaw, Bay City and Midland areas. 

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