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Holiday Road Warriors Seeing Red Over Rising Gas Prices

 

Holiday Road Warriors Seeing Red Over Rising Gas Prices

 

Gas prices are inching up this Thanksgiving as 33.2 million Americans and 1.3 million Ohioans hit the road to visit family and friends. Current Cincinnati gas prices are $2.60 a gallon, up 14 cents from one week ago, but down 6 cents from one month ago.

 

As millions prepare to travel by car to family and friends near and far, the recent jump in gas prices puts added pressure on consumers' wallets and budgets.  AAA recommends the following tips to help drivers save money on the road:

 

  • Plan ahead. Determine routes before leaving home to help eliminate construction surprises and plan stops.  Pack snacks, drinks and meals to cut food costs while on the road.
  • Budget fuel costs.  AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator (www.fuelcostcalculator.com) provides an estimated budget on gas prices based on vehicle type, starting point and destination. 
  • Inspect vehicles.  Check tire pressure and tread, fluid levels and spare tires before leaving home to avoid unnecessary and costly repair costs.
  • Ask for discounts.  Many organizations offer discounts for members.  AAA members can save money at participating hotels, restaurants and popular retailers.  iPhone and iTouch users can download AAA Discounts for free to find nearby savings while on the road.
  • Prepare for the unexpected.  Make sure cell phones are charged and emergency supplies, such as jumper cables, flashlights, flares, first aid kits and warm clothes, are packed in vehicles.  Drivers should also know how to reach help if they experience car trouble on the road.  AAA members in need of roadside assistance can reach AAA by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP or visiting AAA.com/roadsideassistance.  iPhone users can download the AAA Roadside app for free and request roadside service with a touch of a button. 
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