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Summer Travel
10:19 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Traveling for Labor Day? You're Not Alone

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Nearly 35 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, according to AAA. That’s the highest volume for the holiday since 2008, and 1.3 % more than a year ago.

Summertime destinations are the same on Labor Day as they are on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July: beaches, theme parks, and visiting family and friends.

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Gas Prices
2:47 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Summer Travel: Iraq Fighting Could Mean Higher Gas Prices

Average price per regular gallon of gas over the last three years.
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Declines in gasoline prices over the past few weeks ended over the weekend, thanks to the violence in Iraq, the second largest crude producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC. 

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Memorial Day Travel
5:38 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Summer Travel: Hitting the Road for Memorial Day

Traffic on the Pensacola Bay Bridge
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AAA is predicting the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since the end of the Great Recession.

Just over 36 million Americans are expected to journey 50 miles or more from home between Thursday and next Monday. Mark Jenkins with the auto club’s Tampa office says that’s up one and a half percent from a year ago.

“We had a very harsh winter season, and a lot of people weren’t able to travel much,” said Jenkins. “This the first opportunity for many people to get out there and take that trip.”

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Florida Road Rules
2:03 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Legislature's New Road Rules

Florida won't be joining states who have raised the speed limit to 75 mph.
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Governor Rick Scott has announced he will veto a bill passed during this year's legislative session that would have allowed the Florida Department of Transportation to raise the speed limit on certain highways to 75 miles per hour. Any speed limit increase would have required a study of the highway in question. The Governor made the announcement after being lobbied by law enforcement agencies across the state and by  Florida AAA.

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Memorial Day Weekend
1:39 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Summer Travel Week 1: Book Early For Memorial Day

During popular times, such as Memorial Day, lodging fills up fast.
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Memorial Day, the so-called “unofficial start of summer,” is eight weeks away and counting. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the first of a series of AAA's suggestions on how to save money on that vacation. This installment deals with lodging.

Jessica Brady at AAA South in Tampa says the one rule of thumb the auto club wants everyone to remember is that historically, the closer Memorial Day looms, booking a hotel will become harder and more expensive.

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Gas Prices
4:55 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Gas Prices Expected to Level Off, Drop

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Gas prices in Florida average $3.63 per gallon -- seven cents more than a week ago. That makes the Sunshine State the most expensive at the pump in the Southeast.

All of the usual suspects in early spring -- refinery maintenance, increasing demand and the switch to summer-blend fuel -- remain factors. But Mark Jenkins at AAA South in Tampa says other influences are making their presence known.

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Gas Prices
9:40 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Spring Break Means More Expensive Gas

If gas prices are on the rise, we must be getting close to spring break. 

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Gas Prices
11:31 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Gas Prices Expected to Rise

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Although gas prices have remained relatively stable since the start of the year, Triple-A is predicting they will rise as spring approaches.

The auto club believes prices at the pump will rise to about three dollars-75 cents per gallon, a bit less than last year’s peak of 3.79. Spokeswoman Jessica Brady says motorists likely are facing a jump soon.  

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Holiday Travel
3:05 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Driving Home For Christmas? It's Going To Be Busy.

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If you're planning on doing some traveling for the holidays you are not alone.  According to Jessica Brady, a spokesperson for AAA, this will be the busiest holiday travel season on record, with an estimated 94.5 million Americans traveling at least 50 miles from home during the two week period. They estimate the average round trip will be a little over 800 miles. In Florida the number of travelers will be up slightly from last year.

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Thanksgiving Travel
3:33 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here's What You Need to Know.

Travel safe to get to your pie!
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AAA projects more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.

The auto club’s prediction is down one and a half percent from Thanksgiving 2012, which was the highest travel volume in five years. But Greg Jenkins at AAASouth, in Tampa, says if this year’s numbers pan out, they would be the second-highest.
Ninety percent of travelers – just under 39 million – will do so by automobile, including 2.2 million from Florida. Just over three million travelers will take to the skies.

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