More than 285,000 Idahoans to Travel for 4th of July Despite Skyrocketing Gas Prices

BOISE – Boom.  According to AAA, the Fourth of July holiday will go out with a bang this year, as nearly 48 million Americans, including 285,000 Idahoans, take a trip to see family and fireworks over the long weekend.  That’s more than 14% of the population. AAA projects a nearly 4% increase in travel, or …

“100 Deadliest Days” Highlight Danger of Bad Driving

BOISE – It’s the “100 Deadliest Days,” the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers spikes each year. According to AAA, 7,124 people died in teen-driver related crashes nationwide from 2011 to 2020.  Nearly half of the total number of deaths occurred during the summertime, and …

Drivers Want Better Tech, but aren’t Ready for Self-Driving Cars

BOISE – According to new research by AAA, 77% of drivers say they want automakers to focus on improving current driver assistance systems over producing self-driving cars.  And with good reason – during AAA testing, three vehicles with Level 2 partial automation failed to consistently avoid collisions with oncoming vehicles and bicyclists that crossed their …

AAA Car Guide Gives Top Marks to Fuel-Efficient, High-Tech Vehicles

BOISE – In response to feedback from new vehicle shoppers, the 2022 AAA Car Guide recognizes vehicles that offer outstanding fuel efficiency and an impressive array of driver assistance technology without sacrificing ride comfort, safety, and quality. This year’s overall winner was the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium AWD electric vehicle.  Idaho drivers who are …

Safe Use of New Vehicle Tech Takes Training, Not Trial and Error

BOISE – As driving assistance technology becomes more widely available in new vehicles, AAA warns that knowledge gaps can lead to dangerous assumptions about how the system will perform.  According to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who received a brief, but comprehensive training session significantly outperformed those were left to …