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AAA is projecting a third straight year of increases in Labor Day automobile travel nationally and in Illinois. The group estimates 1.8 million people will be driving more than 50 miles over the next few days, a 2.6% increase from 2011.
And that’s despite higher gas prices, where statewide the average cost of unleaded gasoline is going for $4.13 per gallon, a full 30 cents per gallon higher than last year according to AAA’s daily Fuel Gauge Report.
More Traffic = Longer Delays
With more cars on the road, expect slightly longer travel times this holiday according to INRIX, a company that provides traffic data and information.
No one denies the heat this summer has been pretty darn brutal.
With gas prices substantially lower than last summer, many more people are considering taking a family road trip or vacation before the summer is over.
If you’re planning to hit the road soon, it may be a good time to make sure the family station wagon is prepared too.
The research, done using in-car video to document the driving behaviors of newly licensed young drivers, found that electronic devices were the main distraction for the teen motorists of both genders.
“Cell phones, texting, personal grooming, and reaching for things in the car were among the most common distracting activities found when cameras were put in new teen drivers’ cars,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “This new study provides the best view we’ve had about how and when teens engage in distracted driving behaviors believed to contribute to making car crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers.”
However, girls were twice as likely to utilize electronic devices while driving than boys.
The statewide average for March had the average price of unleaded gasoline in Illinois selling at a record $4.10 a gallon, 44 cents per gallon higher than last year according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report.
While pump pain was even more pronounced in Chicago as the city gas stations also averaged a record of $4.68 per gallon–the highest gas price in the nation for March.
Both state and city prices were up a breathtaking 52 cents a gallon during March and a whopping 86 cents a gallon since the start of the year.
“The seasonal switch over to a summer blend of gasoline, combined with high prices for oil and especially high prices for the reformulated blend of gasoline used in Chicago left consumers altering daily commute plans and family budgets this month,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago.
Expect Heavy Holiday Traffic Despite 3.3% Decline In Driving
Maybe you can blame it on both.
But, for whatever reason a lot less people will hit the road this 4th of July holiday weekend according to AAA.
Based on a survey by AAA, the group predicts only 1.9 million Illinois residents will go on an automobile excursion over 50 miles from home this upcoming weekend, down about 3.3% from 2010.
Traffic Reporters Share Tips On Smooth Holiday Travel
Simply put, traffic usually sucks for the Memorial Day Holiday.
Considered one of the year’s biggest driving weekends, the exodus out of the city on Friday and the return back to town Monday can be painfully slow and frustrating.
However, traffic for the Memorial Day holiday may be lighter this year for two reasons.
Gas prices and less construction.
Average Local Pump Prices Beat Records Set In 2008
AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report lists the current average price of unleaded gasoline at just under 4.39 per gallon, with Chicagogasprices.com listing the average at $4.51 per gallon as of late Monday night–a price that puts Chicago in the number one spot for the nation’s most expensive city to purchase gas.
The previous high price for Chicago gasoline was set back in July of 2008 when AAA had a gallon of gas topping out at $4.34 and Chicagogasprices.com listing the record high at $4.35 per gallon.
Local gas prices have been rising steadily for the past few weeks, with the area surpassing the previous record this past weekend, according to both AAA and GasBuddy.com which operates ChicagoGasPrices.com.
The U.S. average price for gasoline is hovering around $3.95 per gallon, about 16 cents short of its record high of $4.11, again set in July, 2008.
Drive Like A Grandmother
Grandma had it right according to the AAA and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Speeding, rapid acceleration, and excessive braking are all wasteful driving behaviors. Break out your blue haired wig and do your best Granny impersonation while behind the wheel and you can save you up to 33% on your gas usage.
Industry Experts Share Tips On Maximizing Fuel Efficiency
Chicago drivers are painfully aware of the assault their wallets are enduring the past several weeks as gas prices flirt with new record highs.
But how can motorists deal with fuel prices that are over a buck higher than last year?
One way is to buy less. According to a report from the Associated Press, gas sales are down 3.6%, with drivers purchasing 2.4 million gallons of less gas than the same time last year according to data provided by MasterCard Spending Pulse which tracks sales at 140,000 service stations nationwide.
But according to some experts, there are other ways to wring a few extra miles per gallon from your vehicle’s gas tank and reduce your pain at the pump.
In just one month, average Illinois gas prices have jumped $.16 per gallon–the highest prices ever for the month of January according to AAA Chicago’s gas price tracking website, Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
“Oil prices are trading at nearly $90 per barrel, which is having an enormous effect on the price of gasoline at the pump,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago via press release. “Unfortunately, at least in the near-term, consumers should get used to paying these high prices at the pump.”
Cook County’s average gas prices was even higher than the state average, jumping $.18 in the last month to an average $3.37 per gallon of regular gasoline.
While U.S. petroleum refiners are at near record production levels, worldwide global demand for oil is pushing up the cost of crude according to the American Petroleum Institute.