AAA: 39 Million Americans including 530,000 Oregonians to Travel for Memorial Day

PORTLAND, Ore., – The unofficial start to summer will be a busy one this year as AAA predicts 39.2 million people (11.8% of the population) will travel 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend. This is an increase of 8.3% over 2021, bringing travel volumes almost in line with those in 2017. In …

AAA: Consumers Skeptical about Automated Vehicles

PORTLAND, Ore., – New research from AAA shows drivers overwhelmingly want automakers to improve the performance of existing driver assistance technologies rather than develop self-driving cars. And this view is backed by another round of AAA testing that shows these technologies don’t work consistently and can result in crashes with other vehicles and bicyclists. Here …

Why did Crashes Spike During COVID with Fewer Drivers on the Road?

PORTLAND, Ore., – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, fewer drivers were on the roads and there was a significant reduction in the number of miles driven. And yet, the U.S. had the highest number of fatal crashes for 2020 in more than a decade, as well as an increase in crashes involving …

AAA: Driver Monitoring Systems Need Improvements

PORTLAND, Ore., – As vehicles become more automated, many auto manufacturers realize some technologies may give drivers the false sense that the vehicle can drive itself. To counter this, driver monitoring systems with either a camera or steering wheel detection are used to prevent the deadly consequences of a distracted driver. However, new real-world testing …

AAA: Are you Ready for Snow and Ice?

PORTLAND, Ore. – With snow and below-freezing temperatures expected for much of Oregon, AAA Oregon/Idaho urges drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions. The National Weather Service in Portland says the forecast looks increasingly wintry for even lower elevations of northwest Oregon as a prolonged period of below normal temperatures begins this weekend. “Make …

AAA: Holiday Travel Rebounds to near Pre-Pandemic Levels

Updated December 25, 2021 PORTLAND, Ore., – AAA projects 109 million Americans (33.2% of the population) will travel for the Christmas and New Year holidays, up 34% from 2020. This brings travel to nearly 93% of pre-pandemic levels in 2019. About 1.5 million Oregonians will pack their sleighs for a holiday trip. B-roll is available: …

AAA: Thanksgiving Travel Rebounds to near Pre-Pandemic Levels

Updated November 24, 2021 PORTLAND, Ore., – AAA projects 53.4 million Americans (16.2% of the population) will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020. This brings travel within 5% of pre-pandemic levels in 2019, and this is the highest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travel since 2005. About 746,000 Oregonians will head over the …

AAA: Rain hampers Vehicle ADAS

PORTLAND, Ore., – New research from AAA finds that rain diminishes the performance of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). These include vehicle technologies such as automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance. During closed course testing, AAA simulated rainfall and found that test vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking traveling at 35 mph collided with …