Daily Trips Dropped 40% at the Height of the Pandemic

BOISE – The COVID-19 pandemic and associated stay-at-home orders had a profound effect on driving behavior.  According to AAA, the average number of daily trips taken by Americans dropped by 40% in April 2020 when compared to pre-pandemic levels, before leveling off to a 25% reduction for the remainder of last year. For AAA’s new …

Independence Day Travel Skyrockets, Nearly 48 Million to Take a Trip

BOISE – Summer travel is going to begin with a bang.  AAA projects that nearly 48 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for a 4th of July getaway, with 261,000 Idahoans among them.  That’s just 2.5% less than the 2019 record, and nearly 40% more than last year. AAA says that increased vaccinations, …

For a Clean Hotel Room, Diamonds are a Traveler’s Best Friend

BOISE –  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel industry put increased emphasis on cleaning programs to help protect the health and safety of guests.  But how can travelers feel more confident that these programs are being properly implemented? In response to requests from the public, AAA is launching a new “Inspected Clean” program to independently …

As Temperatures Climb, AAA Warns about the Dangers of Hot Cars

BOISE –  Temperatures are rising across the Gem State, and AAA reminds parents to bring their children with them into air-conditioned buildings to prevent the risk of heatstroke.  On average, a child dies every seven days from being left in a hot car, and these tragedies are almost always preventable. “A car interior can heat …

Idaho Ranks 23rd in the U.S. for Most Teen-involved Crash Deaths per Capita

BOISE – It’s the “100 Deadliest Days,” the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when many teens get their first experience driving on their own.  But AAA warns that the learning curve can be steep, and at times, deadly – new teen drivers 16-17 years old are three times more likely to be involved …

U.S. Crash Fatalities Up Eight Percent in 2020, but Idaho Deaths Down Seven Percent

BOISE – 2020 was a bad year, made worse by an increase in the number of fatal crashes on American roads.  Fortunately, AAA says that Idaho was not part of the deadly trend. According to the National Safety Council, more than 42,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020 – an 8% increase in …