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The auto club AAA is expecting the busiest Thanksgiving travel period since 2005.

Nearly 2.9 million Floridians are planning to travel more than 50 miles during the period from Friday through Dec. 1, up about 4 percent from last year. 

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As Labor Day approaches, gas prices are near the lowest level of the summer. And even with the threat of Tropical Storm Dorian, AAA officials say they are not expected to rise.

The American Automobile Association is predicting 5.9 million Floridians will be traveling this holiday season.

After a rise before the Memorial Day weekend, gas prices in Florida are expected to drop. AAA says oil prices are dropping and gas is expected to follow.

In Florida the average gallon of unleaded is $2.91. That’s compared to the national average of $2.97, said AAA spokesman Josh Carrasco.

“What we do expect is that gas prices should decline probably five to ten cents over the next few weeks,” said Carrasco.

Orlando has one of the lowest gas price averages in the state at $2.88 a gallon.

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With the national average gas price averaging $2.93, travelers are paying the highest Memorial Day weekend prices since 2014, which reached $3.65. However, AAA predicts these rising gas prices will not put a damper on Floridians’ travel plans this holiday weekend.

Florida Drivers Get Help This Holiday From AAA

Dec 28, 2017

AAA is offering free towing in Florida for drivers who party just a little too hard.

 

The Tow To Go program sends out a AAA tow truck that will tow the car and take the driver somewhere safe within 10 miles.

 

The program has been in place for 20 years and will reach a milestone in 2017 with 25,000 provided tows. But the number of calls has dropped over the years in part because of services like Uber and Lyft, said AAA Spokesman Matt Nasworthy.

 

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As you set out to gather with family this Thanksgiving weekend, you can expect a lot of company no matter how you’re getting there. 

If you’ll be hitting the road this Thanksgiving you’ll have plenty of company, with an estimated 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more.


Gas Prices On The Rise In Florida

Jul 25, 2017

AAA reports Florida has the 16th cheapest gas in the U.S.—that’s including a seven cent increase across the state.

AAA Predicts Record Fourth Of July Travel

Jul 1, 2016
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The AAA automotive club projects nearly 43 million people will travel this Fourth of July weekend. The record-breaking number for this weekend means there will be a half million more travelers on the road and in the air than last year.

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Floridians planning a long day trip for the Memorial Day holiday can breathe a little easier.

AAA, the auto club, released a report estimating that Memorial Day gas prices will be the lowest they’ve been for the past 11 years.

About a fifth of Floridians are over the age of 65.

But instead of planning for final expenses, a recent AAA survey found half of Sunshine State residents don’t have life insurance.

Myths about coverage could be driving the low enrollment.


Tow-to-Go

This Fourth of July weekend, intoxicated drivers can get help getting off the road and getting home safely.

Tow-to-Go is a partnership between  AAA and BudLight. Matt Nasworthy, AAA's Traffic Safety Consultant, said impaired drivers can call this Friday through Sunday.

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AAA expects more than 40 million Americans to drive at least 50 miles from home this 4th of July weekend. That's the most to travel since 2007.

With so many people on the highways, AT&T is asking drivers to put down their cell phones.

“Put it in a place where they can’t reach it and keep their eyes on the road. That’s our main message – is that we want people to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone,” Karen McAllister, media relations manager for AT&T, said.

AAA Offers Free Tows For Tipsy Drivers Now Through New Year’s Day

Dec 26, 2014

AAA is once again teaming up with Budweiser, offering its popular Tow To Go program from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day this year.

As a last resort, Floridians who have had too much to drink can call 1-855-2 TOW 2 GO (855-286-9246) and a tow truck will pick up them and their vehicle.

The service is available within a 10-mile radius, and the tow truck can carry up to two people home.

The program to keep intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel is available to both AAA members and non-members.

AAA and Bud Light are offering their free Tow to Go program this Fourth of July weekend to keep drunk drivers away from the steering wheel.  AAA encourages all motorists who plan on drinking to secure a designated driver, but spokesman Matt Nasworthy knows that not all drivers will take this advice.

"Some folks end up out there needing a safety net, meaning they didn't have a plan," he said, "and that would be where Tow to Go would come in handy. They can call us and we'll come out and tow them and their vehicle home, free of charge."

A new report by the Orlando-based AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that older Americans are driving more than seniors in previous generations.

Released last month the report — Understanding Older Drivers: An Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use and Travel Behaviors — says that 84 percent of Americans 65 and older were licensed to drive in 2010, compared to barely half in the early 1970s.

The study also finds that one in six drivers on American roadways is 65 and older.