Current events had a profound influence on how much Americans traveled and how they traveled in 2020.
AAA’s research shows the importance of allowing adaptive driving beam headlights on U.S. roads.
“Trends are indicating that the month of December may bring some of the cheapest gas prices of the year,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.
Americans Don’t Fully Understand Capabilities Of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, AAA Survey Finds
A new survey from AAA finds 40 percent of Americans expect partially automated driving systems – with names such as Autopilot, ProPILOT and Pilot Assist – to have the ability to drive the car by itself.
Thirty-three percent of owners of vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems did not realize that the system relied on cameras or sensors that could be blocked by dirt, ice or snow.
This year, the typical factors that drive gas prices down in winter were outweighed by the impact of two major hurricanes, steady consumer demand and continued growth in gasoline exports.
AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved about $27 billion at the pump so far this year compared to the same period last year.
Prices continue to rise due to market expectations of tighter availability following the announcement of an OPEC deal to cut oil production that is scheduled to start in January 2017.
Gas prices at pumps across the nation have fallen for 43 of the past 44 days, dropping 22 cents during this span, according to the latest data from AAA. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline sits at $2.21 per gallon, which is the lowest mark since April and the lowest price for this date since 2004.
Tested vehicles were selected based on emission certifications from the California Air Resources Board and U.S. EPA fuel economy ratings. Tests were performed at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and on Southern California roads. The Society of Automotive Engineers, the EPA and the Automobile Club of Southern California developed the testing procedures.
Due to falling gas prices, the annual cost to own and operate a vehicle in the United States has fallen to a six-year low of $8,558, according to AAA’s 2016 Your Driving Costs study. This year, a driver can expect to spend 57 cents for each mile driven, approximately $713 per month, to cover the fixed and variable costs associated with owning and operating a car.
Automakers’ decision to eliminate the spare tire may leave more than 30 million drivers vulnerable at the roadside, according to new research from AAA. Tire inflator kits, a high-cost alternative for consumers, have replaced the spare tire in millions of vehicles over the past 10 model years and, due to their limited functionality, cannot provide even a temporary fix for many common tire-related problems.