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Slow down, Move over — AAA says keep roadside workers safe

(September 29, 2021) The recent deaths of two AAA tow providers, killed while assisting motorists, highlight just how dangerous it is for individuals who regularly work along the shoulders of America’s busy and congested roads.

Cox Automotive forecast — New-vehicle sales stall in September

(September 28, 2021) ATLANTA — September U.S. auto sales are forecast to be significantly hampered by an ongoing lack of new-vehicle inventory. According to a forecast released this week by Cox Automotive, the pace of auto sales, or seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), is expected to finish near 12.1 million, the slowest pace since May 2020, when much of the country was closed during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Mazda3 2.5 T AWD Hatch — Lots to like, but missing 'feel alive' charm

By Jim Prueter

(September 28, 2021) Earlier this year we tested and reviewed the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo sedan and came away with a mixed, but mostly favorable sense of the vehicle. This time around, Mazda sent us an all-wheel drive turbo hatchback for testing; it’s essentially the same vehicle with a different exterior configuration — a rear lift hatch rather than a trunk lid.

Higher oil prices keeping pressure on at the pump

(September 28, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Fall is here, but instead of taking a seasonal dip, gas prices still reflect summertime levels when demand was higher. The national average dropped a penny on the week to $3.18 after matching a seven-year-high in the prior week. The big culprit in keeping pump prices high is the price of crude oil, which is above $73 a barrel

Kelley Blue Book finds vehicle shoppers exiting the market

(September 23, 2021) IRVINE, Calif. — Nearly half of car shoppers are exiting the market and delaying their purchase for the next several months due to the impacts of the global microchip shortage on the automotive industry, according to new consumer research from Kelley Blue Book. The recent survey from late August also reveals further details about car shoppers' current perspectives and intentions given the state of an automotive marketplace plagued by inventory shortages and record-high vehicle prices.

Survey finds 31% of travelers more likely to purchase travel insurance in 2021

(September 21, 2021) ORLANDO, Fla. —The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on Americans’ travel plans. How they plan — and protect — those trips has also changed. According to a recent AAA Travel survey, more than half (55%) of American adults are planning a vacation of at least one overnight stay before the end of next year, and those travelers are increasingly turning to travel insurance to protect their vacation investments.

National gas price average sees stability on the week

(September 21, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The national gas price average rose two cents on the week to $3.19, matching a seven-year-high last seen in early August. While the post-Labor Day period usually sees less demand and lower gas prices, this year, the impact of Hurricane Ida, followed two weeks later by Hurricane Nicholas, has slowed oil production and refinery recovery along the Gulf Coast.

Ford finds remedy for range anxiety with Mustang Mach-E

By Paul Borden

(September 20, 2021) Putting aside the fact that it looks about as much like a Mustang as the late Ford C-Max Hybrid, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E stands tall on its own as the company’s first all-electric vehicle. It really doesn’t need whatever tenuous boost in prestige it might get from association with the company’s iconic Pony Car.

Study reveals evening as most common time to purchase gasoline

(September 19, 2021) GasBuddy has released findings of a new study revealing the most popular times of day drivers in each state fill up. The study analyzed Pay with GasBuddy fuel purchasing data to determine the most frequent time drivers in all 50 U.S. states bought fuel — late afternoon and early evening


Improperly installed safety seat top safety issue for children

(September 18, 2021) WASHINGTON — Car crashes are the leading safety issue facing children with approximately 183,000 children injured in car crashes in 2018, or more than 500 injuries per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  As National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 19-25) arrives, AAA and the National Safety Council (NSC) are sharing new research that sheds light on the extent to which parents and caregivers in the U.S. are informed about car seat installation and use.