MA Press Release List

What’s in a Name? Everything, According to New AAA Automotive Research

November 15th, 2018

A new survey from AAA finds that 40 percent of Americans expect partially automated driving systems, with names like Autopilot, ProPILOT or Pilot Assist, to have the ability to drive the car by itself, indicating a gap in consumer understanding of these technologies and reality. AAA also tested these systems and found that they are in fact not designed to take over the task of driving and can be significantly challenged by every day, real-world conditions such as poor lane markings, unusual traffic patterns and station...Read More


GAS PRICES DOWN FIVE CENTS, SAYS AAA

November 13th, 2018

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down five cents this week, the largest one-week drop since back in February, according to AAA Northeast. AAA’s November 13 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.74 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is six cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.68. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 21 cents lower at $2.53.   “Prices could plunge even lower, especially if we see a su...Read More


AAA: More Than 54 Million Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving, the Most Since 2005

November 8th, 2018

AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. For the 48.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip, INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cit...Read More


FEEL TIRED DRIVING HOME FROM WORK THIS WEEK? YOURE NOT ALONE

November 7th, 2018

     Massachusetts drivers, beware the weekday witching hour: AAA Northeast finds that in the four weeks following the fall time change, Bay State crash data compiled from 2010-2016 show a dramatic increase in weekday crashes involving motorists commuting between 5pm and 6pm.      Research finds that the average number of 5 to 6pm crashes in Massachusetts per year during the 7-year span jumped from 581 the four weeks prior to the fall time change, to 907 crashes in the fou...Read More


GAS PRICES DOWN ONE CENT, SAYS AAA

November 6th, 2018

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down one cent this week, according to AAA Northeast. AAA’s November 5 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.79 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is three cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.76. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 32 cents lower at $2.47.   “Gas prices are at their lowest since back in the spring,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legisl...Read More


GAS PRICES REMAIN THE SAME, SAYS AAA

October 29th, 2018

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts remain the same this week, according to AAA Northeast. AAA’s October 29 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.80 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is one cent lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.81. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 35 cents lower at $2.45.   “Just like the outside temperature, motorists are seeing prices cool off,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public ...Read More


New Vehicle Technologies Double Repair Bills for Minor Collisions

October 25th, 2018

According to new research from AAA, vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and others, can cost twice as much to repair following a collision due to expensive sensors and their calibration requirements. Even minor incidents that cause damage to this technology found behind windshields, bumpers and door mirrors can add up to $3,000 in extra repair costs. With one-in-three Americans unable to afford an unexpe...Read More


BE SMART, BE SAFE, AND BE SEEN; AAA TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN

October 22nd, 2018

            Every Halloween, monsters, zombies and ghouls fill the streets across the United States to celebrate. With all those excited youngsters walking (and running) around, the trick-or-treaters and motorists each play an important role in making it a safe night.             “On Halloween, motorists need to be especially vigilant between the hours of 4 pm and midnight, when pedestrians are the most vulnerable,” said Diana I...Read More


GAS PRICES DOWN FOUR CENTS, SAYS AAA

October 22nd, 2018

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down four cents this week, according to AAA Northeast. AAA’s October 22 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.80 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is five cents lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.85. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 31 cents lower at $2.49.   “Gas prices in Massachusetts are at their lowest point in three months,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Pub...Read More


Deadly Combination: Teen Driver and Teen Passenger in Vehicle Increases Risk of Death in a Crash by 51 Percent for Everyone Involved

October 18th, 2018

Teen drivers put everyone on the roadway at risk of a deadly crash, especially if they are bringing teen passengers along for the ride. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that when a teen driver has only teen passengers in their vehicle, the fatality rate for all people involved in a crash increased 51 percent. In contrast, when older passengers (35 or older) ride with a teen driver, overall fatality rates in crashes decreased eight percent. Considering the increased risk created by a combi...Read More