Low Gas Prices Bring Holiday Traffic

EUGENE, Ore. — Not everyone will be traveling by plane this Thanksgiving, AAA predicts the majority of holiday travelers are going by car. Managers say it’s likely because gas prices are so low this year. Locally the average price per gallon is $3.02, the cheapest average in four years. AAA says with prices this low, … Continue reading »

Families Prep for Thanksgiving

EUGENE, Ore. — With Thanksgiving just a few days away, many people are prepping their refrigerators and solidifying their plans for the holiday. Many shoppers say they head to Grocery Outlet or similar stores, searching for the cheapest prices ahead of the holidays. Staff members at Grocery Outlet say they’ve been out of frozen turkeys … Continue reading »

Memorial Day Travel Projections

EUGENE, Ore. — More Americans are ready to kick off summer travel after a harsh winter. AAA projects 36.1 million Americans, or 11% of the population, will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5% increase compared to last year. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined … Continue reading »

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 »

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