Roads to be Jammed for Labor Day Weekend

EUGENE, Ore. — Labor Day Weekend is here, and that means holiday traffic. Friday is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, meaning that the Interstate 5 corridor will be jammed with traffic. The American Automobile Association says that about five million people in the Pacific Northwest will be taking … Continue reading »

Local Gas Prices Go Up

EUGENE, Ore. — The summer travel season is in full swing and travelers should carry some extra cash as gas prices have gone up. AAA says the state average went up $0.10 recently. It also says the current average in the Springfield and Eugene area is $3.86 a gallon. That’s up $0.15 from a week … Continue reading »

Study: Hands-Free Texting Not Safe

EUGENE, Ore. — A new study from AAA suggests hand-free texting is even more dangerous than simply talking on a cell phone. Researchers found that using speech-to-text is actually most distracting of all. They say it actually uses more brain concentration rather than talking on the phone or listening to a book on tape or … Continue reading »

Springfield Places 3rd at Auto Contest

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield High School’s team placed third at Friday’s 2013 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Finals in Gresham. Justin Johnson and Justin Smith, accompanied by their instructor Mark Simmons, competed against nine teams in a race against the clock to identify intentionally installed “bugs” in identical Ford Focus vehicles. Vale High School won first … Continue reading »

Students Compete in Auto Competition

GRESHAM, Ore. — Two Western Oregon high school teams are competing in the 2013 Ford AAA Auto Skills Contest in Gresham. Team Springfield is Justin Smith, Justin Johnson and Coach Mark Simmons, and Team Siuslaw High is Mike Head and Timothy Jones with Coach Harry Holton. Ten teams will race against the clock to identify … Continue reading »

AAA Says Gas Prices Relief Coming

(CNN) — Gas prices rose 10 percent this month making it the worst February on record, but AAA says relief at the pump is in the way. Apparently, the higher gas prices are the result of a slowdown at several refineries undergoing equipment upgrades. Less production meant higher prices for the time being. AAA says … Continue reading »

AAA Collects Luggage for Foster Care

EUGENE, Ore. — If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that old luggage in the attic, here’s an option: Donate it to AAA in Eugene. The group cleans everything up and passes it along to local foster care and women’s programs. “Sometimes you don’t know the impact that it might be making, but from … Continue reading »

AAA Says E15 Gas Might Damage Older Cars

(CNN) — The Automobile Association of America says the new E15 gasoline could be bad for some cars and will confuse customers. If you haven’t heard of E15–and AAA says 95 percent of people it surveyed have not–it’s a new type of gas blend. E15 contains up to 15 percent ethanol. The motoring corporation says … Continue reading »

AAA Top Cars for Teens

EUGENE, Ore. — If your teen is about to start driving and you’re wondering what kind of car to set him or her up in, AAA has a few ideas. The travel agency says while most parents worry about safety, reliability and cost, their kids are more interested in speed and style. The teens we … Continue reading »