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It’s pothole season again!
Of course, if you drive in Chicago, your car is already intimately aware of the craters popping up on streets across the city.
Even though this year’s mild winter has resulted in much fewer potholes than recent years, the potholes never go away completely.
According to a new study from AAA, potholes take an extreme financial toll on drivers and the economy costing U.S. motorists an estimated $3 billion every year.
“In the last five years, 16 million drivers across the country have suffered pothole damage to their vehicles,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “The problems range from tire punctures and bent wheels, to more expensive suspension damage.”
AAA says it’s due to maintenance work at two large oil refineries which supply much of the Chicago’s gasoline.
“Prices in Illinois and northern Indiana have risen sharply over the past few weeks due to maintenance issues that are affecting production at local refineries,” said Beth Mosher, a spokesperson for AAA Chicago.
AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report has gas prices up about 40 cents a gallon since last month, with the average price of regular unleaded coming in at $3.40 a gallon.
Drivers instantly recognize AAA‘s red, white and blue tow trucks on the streets and highways of Chicago.
But if you get stranded somewhere over the course of October, don’t be surprised if the tow truck they send to help you out is a solid pastel pink color.
That’s because AAA is participating in Breast Cancer Awareness Month to bring attention to the disease, all the while giving roadside assistance to their members.
So Saturday, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Secretary of State has teamed up with AAA to conduct 88 car Seat Check Saturday events across the state including a bunch in Chicago.
AAA claims three out of four car seats are either installed or used improperly, while the Illinois Department of Transportation says while 90% of kids on Illinois roads are belted in, just three out of five car seats are being used incorrectly.
Despite these eye-opening numbers, AAA Chicago’s Beth Mosher says the state is improving in this area.
“Illinois actually does very well as a state in educating and promoting child seat safety.” says Mosher. “We are among the states with the most trained child passenger safety technicians and we certainly do have a number of opportunities like Seat Check Saturday for families to ensure that their seats are used and installed correctly. Continuing to promote this educational, important resource and parents and families taking advantage of it, is so critical.”
Certified child passenger safety technicians will be providing free advice and hands-on child safety seat inspections to help harried parents learn the correct way to install car seats and booster seats, as well advise how older children should be buckled in using the standard seat belt.
Mosher says approximately 1300 safety checks will be done statewide on Saturday.
IDOT lays out car seat guidelines for parents:
It serves as a decent overview to that very frustrating question, which is essentially high gas taxes and the EPA mandate forcing area gas stations to sell the more expensive and allegedly lower polluting “summer blend” of gasoline.
Puente goes even more in-depth with his written report, “Why does Chicago still have such high gas prices?“
A recent spike in fuel prices has Chicago drivers paying the highest gasoline prices in the U.S.
Both AAA Motor Club’s Fuel Gauge Report and GasBuddy.com, have given Chicago the dubious distinction of having the nation’s highest gas prices.
“Yes, Chicago is the top dog, number one, top of the heap for gas prices no matter if we like it or not,” said GasBuddy spokesperson Patrick DeHaan, who is based in the Windy City. “The highly coveted, most ridiculously high gas prices of the nation goes to…Chicago!”ChicagoGasPrices.com has Chicagoland pump prices pegged at an average $4.26 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline while AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report lists the average price within the city limits at a painful $4.36 per gallon. These prices are between $0.75 to $0.85 more per gallon than the national average.
AAA’s Beth Mosher said the Illinois also has bragging rights on the higest state average for gas in the U.S. at $3.95 per gallon.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
No, not March weather, but local gas prices.
According to AAA, Chicago area drivers are experiencing historically highest pump prices for the start of March–but relief is on the way.
“Gas prices rose almost every day last month,” says AAA spokesperson Beth Mosher. “We’re seeing some of the highest prices for March–ever.”
AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report shows city gas pumps sporting an average price of $4.22 for a gallon of regular unleaded. That’s up 26 cents a gallon higher than a month ago, and 60 cents a gallon more expensive than this January’s prices. February ended the month a quarter per gallon higher than last February–a potentially ominous sign considering fuel prices tend to peak in late March or early April.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
After enjoying four months of declining fuel prices and some of the lowest prices in the last few years, local gas prices have risen over 10% according to two websites which track area gas prices.
According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the city has increased from $3.59 to $3.96 a gallon, a 37 cent bump. The price rose 25 cents just in the last week.
ChicagoGasPrices.com, which tracks pricing for the Chicago metro area, has seen the cost of fuel rise 42 cents a gallon or a 12% increase the past 30 days. Local gas has gone from $3.44 to $3.86 a gallon in the past month and has risen 20 cents in the past week.
AAA conducted a recent study which the pro-automobile organization says shows the potential for voided warranties and engine damage from consumer confusion over the E15 ethanol gasoline blend, recently approved in June by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While 95% of all gas sold in the U.S. contains some percentage of ethanol, it never made up more than 10% of the fuel blend. Corn is the main ingredient in formulating ethanol.
The survey shows 95% of consumers have never heard of E15, a fuel that contains 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline and AAA reports only 5% or roughly 12 million of the 240 million vehicles on the American roads, can burn E15 without damaging their engines.
While AAA strongly supports the development of alternative fuels, it’s auto engineering experts believe using E15 in the wrong car could speed up engine wear and failure, cause fuel system damage and make “check engine” light indicators to trigger in error.
Based on this data, AAA is urging regulators and the ethanol fuel industry to stop selling E15 until consumers are better protected and more aware of the fuel.
“It is clear that millions of Americans are unfamiliar with E15, which means there is a strong possibility that many motorists may improperly fill up using this gasoline and damage their vehicle,” said Kevin Bakewell, AAA Chief Public Affairs Officer, The Auto Club Group. “Bringing E15 to the market without adequate safeguards does not responsibly meet the needs of consumers.”
Traffic is expected to be up, law enforcement will be up and even gas prices are up.
And if motorists want to avoid spending the majority of their holiday stuck in traffic, two automobile related services are encouraging drivers to start their trips sooner than later.
Wednesday–The Great Escape