AAA http://wesa.fm en AAA Sees Spike in Calls During Deep Freeze http://wesa.fm/post/aaa-sees-spike-calls-during-deep-freeze <p>AAA East Central, which serves Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and New York, said they have already fielded nearly three times as many requests for assistance as they would on a typical winter day.</p><p>Bevi Powell, senior vice president for AAA East Central, said between midnight and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the motor club federation has already serviced 1,650 requests for roadside assistance, and that most of those calls have been due to dead batteries.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:09:20 +0000 Liz Reid 22457 at http://wesa.fm Over the River and Through the Woods: Holiday Travel Season Expected to be Busiest on Record http://wesa.fm/post/over-river-and-through-woods-holiday-travel-season-expected-be-busiest-record <p>Approximately 94.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this week for the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to AAA East Central. That’s a half a million more travelers than the Christmas travel season last year and the highest number ever recorded for the season.</p><p>“The Mid-Atlantic region there’s expected to 10.5 million travelers and most of those will be driving,” said AAA East Central’s Bevi Powell. “There will be about 9.49 million drivers on the road. The Mid-Atlantic region includes New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21651 at http://wesa.fm How Far Will You Go for Turkey this Thanksgiving? http://wesa.fm/post/how-far-will-you-go-turkey-thanksgiving <p>Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest when it comes to travel, and this year will be no exception. AAA forecasts that nationally 43.4 million people will travel during the holiday week. In the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, 5.01 million people are expected to travel, a 2.4 percent decrease over last year.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20193 at http://wesa.fm Motorists Urged to Prepare for Winter Driving Conditions http://wesa.fm/post/motorists-urged-prepare-winter-driving-conditions <p>While it may not officially be winter yet, winter driving conditions may be experienced as temperatures drop and snow begins to fall. AAA is recommending drivers take precautions for winter driving.</p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20252 at http://wesa.fm Motorists Urged to Prepare for Winter Driving Conditions AAA Study Finds Hands-Free Devices Still Dangerous for Drivers http://wesa.fm/post/aaa-study-finds-hands-free-devices-still-dangerous-drivers <p>A new study finds that hands-free devices in cars aren’t as safe as people think.</p><p>Research by AAA found that hands-free technology in cars gives drivers a false sense of security.</p><p>Bruce Hamilton, manager of research and communications with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said an increase in mental workload slows reaction time, causing drivers to scan the road less and miss visual cues.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 11309 at http://wesa.fm AAA Tries to Spark Interest in Electric Cars http://wesa.fm/post/aaa-tries-spark-interest-electric-cars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When choosing a way to get around for the next few years, eight out of 10 adults would rather drive out of the dealership with a gas vehicle than an electric one.</span></p><p>According to a survey by AAA, 30 percent of adults said they would not buy an electric car because of limits with mileage. Twenty-six percent said it was because of cost.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 9745 at http://wesa.fm Hitting the Road this Memorial Day Weekend? You're Not Alone http://wesa.fm/post/hitting-road-memorial-day-weekend-youre-not-alone <p>The traditional kick-off to the summer driving season officially gets underway this weekend as millions of people travel for the Memorial Day weekend. According to AAA East Central, approximately 31.2 million motorists will hit the road starting Thursday.</p><p>“In the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, there will be about 3.78 million drivers out on the roadways, so very busy if you’re heading out on a road trip,” said AAA spokeswoman Bevi Powell.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:55:18 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10013 at http://wesa.fm AAA Finds One in Four Text While Driving http://wesa.fm/post/aaa-finds-one-four-text-while-driving <div class="field-item even"><p>A new <a href="https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/2012TrafficSafetyCultureIndex.pdf">survey </a>from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that 27 percent of motorists sent a text or email while driving in the past&nbsp;month.</p><p>It also found that two out of three motorists talked on their phone while driving in the last 30 days, and 89 percent believe others using cell phones are a danger to their&nbsp;safety.</p><p>The survey gauged the reactions of about 3,900 U.S. residents ages 16 and older to different safety&nbsp;situations.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:27:18 +0000 Tim Camerato 1519 at http://wesa.fm AAA Finds One in Four Text While Driving AAA Kicks Off “FIX PA ROADS” Campaign http://wesa.fm/post/aaa-kicks-fix-pa-roads-campaign <div class="field-item even"><p>Pennsylvania AAA Clubs are launching a statewide public service outdoor advertising campaign to call attention to the state’s crumbling roads and unsafe&nbsp;bridges.</p><p>AAA East Central today announced a campaign to urge state officials to boost funding for the state’s ailing transportation&nbsp;system.</p><p>According to Brian Newbacher of AAA East Central, transportation investment has been under-funded in Pennsylvania for decades, and will take some years to&nbsp;fix.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:18:22 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 1040 at http://wesa.fm