AAA: Independence Day Travel Boom with Second-Highest Travel Volume on Record

47 Million Americans including 597,000 Oregonians to celebrate 4th of July with a trip PORTLAND, Ore., – AAA says the travel volume for the 4th of July holiday is back up to pre-pandemic levels with more than 47.7 million Americans (14.4% of the population) including 597,000 Oregonians taking a trip. This will be the second-highest …

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 …

AAA Adds New Cleanliness Testing to its Diamond Hotel Inspections

AAA provides independent validation of hotel cleanliness for travelers PORTLAND, Ore., – Later this month, AAA inspectors will begin incorporating new scientific surface-cleanliness testing into hotel inspections, using an objective method to validate the cleanliness of common hotel surfaces. Hotels that meet AAA’s standards for cleanliness, condition and this new surface cleanliness testing will now …

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 …