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More Travelers Hitting the Road During 2014 Independence Day Holiday

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-95 Richmond | Virginia DOTBe prepared for some heavy-duty traffic over this holiday weekend. The American Automobile Association (AAA) is expecting more than 41 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more from home during the coming 2014 Independence Day Holiday weekend. That’s represents a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled for the same period last year.

The numbers traveling this year is also about 14 percent more than the number of travelers during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to AAA.

Travel volume for Independence Day has grown four out of the past five years and is expected to be more than six percent higher than the average of the past 10 years.

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Texas: I-10 East Connectors to Grand Parkway Now Open

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-10 Exit Guide | TexasTravelers driving east on Katy Freeway received two new direct connectors to the north and southbound routes of Grand Parkway Monday after the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) met with U.S.

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Texas: DOT Opens I-10 Katy Freeway Eastbound Connectors to SH 99 Grand Parkway

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-10 Exit Guide | TexasCity of Katy Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Brawner delivers remarks Monday at the grand opening of the I-10 eastbound connector to the Grand Parkway.

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Mississippi: I-10 Service Road Could Link D’Iberville and Biloxi

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-10 Exit Guide | MississippiD’Iberville has several road and construction projects in progress along interstates … The new service road isn’t intended to link with the I-10 connector, which Jackson County has money to build from exit 50 at St. Martin west to Sangani Boulevard.

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Texas: I-10 near UTEP to be Closed Sunday for Spur 1966 construction

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-10 Exit Guide | TexasI-10 east and westbound lanes will be completely closed from 5 a.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday, Texas Department of Transportation officials said. Affected westbound traffic can exit at the Porfirio Diaz exit ramp and reenter at the Schuster entrance …

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Texas: I-10 Construction Begins in Orange

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-10 Exit Guide | TexasORANGE — Work has begun on a $68 million construction project on Interstate 10. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has announced the start of the much anticipated Interstate 10 construction project in Orange. Work began on Thursday as crews …

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Florida: Night Construction on I-10

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-10 Exit Guide | FloridaThe eastbound Interstate 10 ramp to southbound U.S. 29 in Escambia County will be closed from 10 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Wednesday a news release from the Florida Department of Transportation said. Maintenance crews will be installing a barrier wall, and …

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New Mexico: I-10 Construction in Las Cruces Causes Confusion

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-10 Exit Guide | New MexicoBy Patrick Hayes LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico Department of Transportation postponed construction on the westbound on ramp at Avenida de Mesilla on to the I-10. A spokesperson from NMDOT said construction will resume by 8 a.m. Tuesday. Tourists and business owners were happy to hear this is the last I-10 project schedule in Do a Ana County. …

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After a Harsh Winter More Americans to Start Summer Travel Season with a Memorial Day Getaway

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

I-95 Richmond | Virginia DOTAAA Travel projects 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year.  Kicking off the summer driving season, more than eight in ten travelers will be driving to their destinations.  The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26.

Highlights from 2014 Memorial Day Travel Forecast include:

  • Memorial Day holiday travel volume is expected to reach a new post-recession high with 36.1  million Americans taking a trip
  • The 2014 forecast is 2.6 percent higher than the ten-year historical average and the second highest travel volume since 2000
  • Eighty-eight percent of travelers (31.8 million) to travel by automobile, an increase from 31.4 million last year
  • Holiday air travel expected to increase from 2.4 percent to 2.6 million leisure travelers
  • Travel by other modes of transportation including cruise, trains and buses will see the largest increase, up 6.5 percent (total 1.7 million travelers)
  • Travelers will encounter slightly higher prices with airfares six percent higher, mid-range hotels up two percent and car rentals costing one percent more

“As we enter into the summer travel season with warmer temperatures and tulips in bloom, thoughts of historic cold are still fresh in the minds of Americans in many parts of the country,” said Marshall L. Doney, AAA Chief Operating Officer. “The winter blues appear to have given Americans the travel bug and a case of cruise cabin fever as travel for the holiday is expected to hit a new post-recession high.”

In addition to seasonal rising temperatures, improvements in several key economic factors are driving the expectation for more holiday travelers this year. “As the economy continues to improve at a slow and steady pace consumer spending, disposable income, consumer confidence and the employment outlook are trending up which is welcomed news for the travel industry,” continued Doney.

The unforgiving winter was a hindrance to economic growth at the beginning of the year but economic factors influenced by weather, such as car and home sales, appear to be resolving themselves now.  Indicative of the unusually harsh winter, AAA experienced an increase of nearly 12 percent in battery related calls this winter.

Impact of gasoline prices on travel plans
AAA expects that most drivers will pay lower gas prices by Memorial Day weekend due to rising supplies. AAA expects holiday gas prices to be relatively similar or even slightly less than last year’s national Memorial Day average of $3.63 per gallon, though unexpected developments such as refinery problems or international events could result in higher costs. With many plans already made and budgets set, it is unlikely that gas prices will have a significant effect on travel plans compared to a year ago.

Travel expenses rise modestly
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to increase just two percent from one year ago with travelers spending an average of $169 per night compared to $166 last year. The average hotel rate for AAA Two Diamond hotels has risen three percent with an average cost of $124 per night.

Weekend daily car rental rates will average $44, only one percent higher than last year. Airfares are experiencing the largest increase. The average round-trip, discounted fares for the top 40 U.S. routes have increased six percent to $227 from $215 last year.

AAA offers digital travel planning resources
AAA’s digital tools for travel planning ‘on the go’ include eTourBook guides for tablets and smartphones, available free to members at AAA.com/ebooks. Choose from 101 top North American destinations including city titles, like the award-winningLas Vegas, regions, like Wine Country, and National Parks.

The free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android uses GPS navigation to help travelers map a route, find current gas prices and discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance. Members using the iPad version can access interactive Top Destinations travel guides for 10 popular cities. Travelers can learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

On AAA.com, travelers can find thousands of AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants using AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner or the searchable Travel Guides at AAA.com/Travel. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Colorado-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during the major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA / IHS Global Insight 2014 Memorial Day Travel Forecast can be found here.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

Is Your Car Road Ready For Summer?

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in RoadNews | 0 comments

Road Trop | HighwayPal.comIf your summer vacation plans include a road trip, the last thing you want is to have unexpected car trouble to leave you stranded at the side of the road, ruining all the fun. A pre-trip vehicle check is the best way to be car care aware and ensure that your car is ready to get you to your destination, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council recommends the following pre-trip checklist before hitting the road this summer:

  • Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  • Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power.
  • Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check that the gas cap is not damaged, loose or missing to prevent gas from spilling or evaporating.
  • Order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s popular Car Care Guide for the glove box at www.carcare.org/car-care-guide. This 60-page booklet is available in both English and Spanish.

“Taking steps to have auto repairs performed before long distance driving this summer will not only give you peace of mind, but will also help avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down when you’re miles from home,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle this summer and throughout the year. It is an easy-to-use resource designed to help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide, which is now available electronically, or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.