Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

AAA offers Tow to Go for Memorial Day weekend

AAA offers Tow to Go for Memorial Day weekend

Check your auto: AAA recommends getting your battery tested, looking for engine coolant leaks and checking tire condition before leaving to prevent breakdowns on the road.

"It's been rising pretty quickly over the past couple of weeks or so", AAA spokeswoman Beth Mosher said.

Maintain your recommended tire pressure for your vehicle - because low pressure reduces your fuel economy. "All of these can be easily addressed before the holiday weekend, but the time to act is now". Experts say it would take a much bigger spike for drivers to curb their travel significantly or buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Have a road trip planned for Memorial Day weekend?

"Quickest is the best", he said. "They want to see new places, make more memories, take some great photos, see some people they haven't seen in a while. You can also use various apps, including the AAA Mobile App, to research the cheapest fuel in the area and find local attractions that offer some type of discount". They will also be looking for aggressive and distracted drivers.

Say something: The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) advises drivers to call 9-1-1 and notify police of any bad behavior spotted on the roads during the holidays. Although the price at the pump will likely continue to rise as it typically does in the run-up to the Fourth, Mosher said that climb should be less drastic due to the sharp and early increase in prices before Memorial Day. "Based on current data, families will spend $200 more to fill up this summer over last", Conde said.

"After paying out the nose for gas over the last few years, I'm used to annual price increases", said Glen McLaughlin, 62, who lives in Hesperia.

The current average price in the Chicago metro area is $3.29, compared with $3.14 a week ago and $2.63 at this time past year, according to AAA. Idaho's prices are higher still - at $3.16, Gem State drivers are paying 11 cents more than a month ago and 61 cents more than a year ago.

"Wholesale gas prices have retreated slightly from their 52-week high point reached on May 10, but so far that hasn't been enough to push down prices at the pump", Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring explained in the release.

Since afternoon work commuters would be mixing on the roadways with those holiday travelers, leaving at this time means your trip could take almost double (1.8 times) as long as usual due to traffic delays.

Drive the speed limit.

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