Spare me! AAA Finds One-Third of New Vehicles don’t have Spare Tire

PORTLAND, Ore., – Automakers continue to eliminate spare tires from new vehicles in an effort to reduce weight and improve fuel economy. New research from AAA shows nearly one‐third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles do not come with a spare tire as standard equipment. This is often a surprise to drivers when they get …

AAA: Vehicle Infotainment Systems Create More Distractions for Drivers

New research finds touch screens and voice commands take drivers’ attention away from the road PORTLAND, Ore., – If you’ve driven a newer car, chances are it has an infotainment system with a touch screen and voice commands. These infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for …

AAA: Average Cost to Own, Drive vehicle is $8,469 per Year

Small sedans are cheapest, pick-ups the most expensive PORTLAND, Ore., – Owning and operating a new vehicle in 2017 costs an average of $8,469 per year or $706 per month according to AAA’s 2017 Your Driving Costs study. Small sedans are the least expensive to own and drive at $6,354 per year while pick-ups cost …

AAA: Synthetic Oil Significantly Outperforms Conventional Alternatives

New AAA study shows synthetic oil provides nearly 50 percent better engine protection BOISE – (June 6, 2017) – Some drivers may be skeptical about paying more for oil change upgrades, but a new AAA study shows that switching to synthetic oil can add significant engine protection for many vehicles, under a variety of conditions. …

AAA: One in three U.S. Drivers Can’t Afford Unexpected Car Repairs

PORTLAND, Ore., – A new AAA survey finds 64 million American drivers would not be able to pay for an unexpected vehicle repair without going into debt, indicating that some drivers may underestimate the full cost of owning and operating a vehicle. AAA urges drivers to save at least $50 a month for unforeseen expenses, …

AAA: Salt and Chemical De-Icers Cost Drivers $3 Billion Annually

PORTLAND, Ore., – Millions of U.S. drivers will face spendy vehicle repair bills from rust damage caused by chemicals and salt used to de-ice roadways. According to a new AAA survey, U.S. drivers paid an estimated $15.4 billion in rust repairs caused by de-icing methods over the last five years, or about $3 billion a …

Three-Quarters of Americans “Afraid” to Ride in a Self-Driving Vehicle

  But AAA survey reveals experience with vehicle technology builds trust PORTLAND, Ore., – Three out of four U.S. drivers report feeling “afraid” to ride in a self-driving car, according to a new survey from AAA. With today’s heightened focus on autonomous vehicles, this fear poses a potential concern to the automotive industry as consumers …