Monday, December 31, 2012
The auto club has some sobering statistics for you to think about before drinking and driving.
If you plan to party on New Year's Eve, AAA has some sobering statistics for you to think about before drinking and driving. Compared to all other days in 2012, New Year's Day had the highest percentage of deaths that occurred in crashes with a driver who had a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher, according to AAA spokesperson Bevi Powell. AAA statistics show that 122 people were killed in crashes on New Year's Day 2012, and a little more than half of those crashes involved a drunk driver. "If you plan to drink, absolutely don't drive," Powell said. "If you plan to drink, make sure to bring a friend who can drive you home." Powell also cautioned against anyone getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking. If you're hosting a New…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA.
Thanksgiving week is shaping up to be beautiful with the high temperature each day expected to be in the high 50s. Forecasters are also predicting sunny skies with light wind and no precipitation. The only chance for rain this week appears to be on Friday. Good for all of you hitting the road or traveling by air to visit Grandma, and for all those Turkey Bowls. AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year. Air travel is expected to decline, one sign that many households continue to feel financially pinched. Here's the forecast for Upper St. Clair, according to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh: By car or by airplane, how do you like to travel on …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The department earns honors for its traffic safety promotion.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Upper St. Clair Police Department has earned AAA East Central's bronze award for its community traffic safety efforts. The department is recognized this month with more than 40 other Pennsylvania police agencies for roadway safety enforcement. The awards are given annually to community police departments that conduct traffic safety promotions and educate the public on safety topics. The bronze award is the fourth highest recognition to be given in the program. Other bronze awards were given to Avalon, Carroll Township, Cochranton, Charleroi, Conway, Cumberland, Jeannette, Kittanning, Ligonier, Murrysville, Perryopolis, Rankin, Southwest Greensburg and Wilkinsburg Police Departments. Greene County Sheriff’s Department also received a …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Trained professionals did safety checks and demonstrated the proper way to install car seats at the third annual Bill Gray Volvo Safety Day and Picnic.
Bill Gray Volvo dubbed it Safety Day and Picnic, and though there were hot dogs, free beverages, games and prizes, the most important issue of the day was the proper installation of car seats. The third annual Safety Day ran from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on a sweltering Saturday afternoon in and around the dealership. Tim Frazier, a Peters Township firefighter, said 90 to 95 percent of all car seats he inspects are placed in the car improperly. “Nine out of 10 car seats I see are not up to safety standards," he said. "Sometimes the seat belt is misused, the child is facing the wrong direction, or the child has outgrown the car seat.” Frazier demonstrated the correct installation of a car seat and went over a checklist that covered key …
Friday, July 1, 2011
Despite recent decline, sustained high gas prices stall some travelers’ vacation plans.
The recent drop in gasoline prices isn’t enough to get some people traveling far from home over this Fourth of July weekend. A projected 39 million Americans will be traveling this holiday weekend, a 2.5 percent decrease from the 40 million travelers who took a trip of 50 or more miles away from home in 2010, according to AAA. “AAA is projecting a slight decline in the number of Independence Day travelers mainly due to the day-to-day budgetary impact of fuel prices sustaining an average that is $1 per gallon higher than last year,” Jim Lehman, Executive Vice President of AAA East Central, said in a statement. “While travel held steady over Memorial Day, we are starting to see the ‘trickle-down’ effect of the fuel costs on families who use…
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
One million Pennsylvanians will drive this weekend.
Fuel costs and rainy weather won’t dampen motorists’ Memorial Day plans. More than a million Pennsylvanians will be traveling this weekend, according to reports from AAA East Central, which operates 80 offices in the region. That number jumps to 35 million nationally, which is a slight increase from last year. The majority of those travelers will be on the road between Thursday and Monday, driving more than 50 miles and spending about $700, despite rising gas prices. “Although higher fuel costs are a concern for motorists planning their summer travel vacations, it does not appear to impact the overall vacation decision (because) it is a relatively small part of the overall travel budget,” Jim Lehman, executive vice president of AAA …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
AAA offers ways for you to save before your car trip
With the national average gas price above $3, and with Pittsburgh's average gas price way above that at $3.08, many drivers are saying "bah-humbug" this holiday season. To help ease your wallet before you head to your relatives' homes, AAA offers five ways to save money on gas. 1. Keep up on vehicle maintenance. Follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommended maintence schedule, and do not ignore vehicle warning lights. The warning lights can signal problems that will greatly decrease a car's fuel efficiency. Also, make sure to inflate tires. Proper tire inflation can improve fuel economy by up to three percent. 2. Keep luggage/presents off the roof. A loaded roof rack affects the vehicle aerodynamics and creates extra drag that reduces …