Florida aims to stop motorists from texting while driving

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign into law a measure that would allow tickets to be issued to motorists for texting while driving — as a primary offense. The current law considers texting while driving a secondary offense — meaning motorists can only be cited for the offense, if they are initially pulled over for another violation. The Florida House passed a bill on April 29 … [Read more...]

Despite holiday, gas prices continue to fall

The demand for gasoline was the biggest in years for travelers trying to take the road to their Christmas destinations. Yet, where the classic system of supply and demand would've typically meant higher gas prices — they were, instead, lower. In fact, motorists saw the cheapest gasoline for Christmas since 2008, where Florida drivers saw an average price of $2.43. That broke lows set in 2009, … [Read more...]

It’s Christmas, and roads will be packed

Records might only date back to 2001, but AAA is projecting the holiday travel volume to be the highest it's ever tracked, with 98.6 million Americans journeying at least 50 miles away. That's up 4 percent from the 94.8 million people leaving home last year between Dec. 23 and Jan. 4. A vast majority of those drivers — 91 percent, actually — will take to the road, also up more than 4 percent … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Florida: $2 gas is coming

Georgia and Tennessee have gas stations where prices have fallen below $2 a gallon. And it looks like Florida might not be far behind. Stations in the Jacksonville area reported prices of $2.10 over the weekend, according to AAA. And if prices keep falling at the current rate of 2 cents a day, that area will be at $2 a gallon by the end of the week. "Gasoline prices are plunging with little … [Read more...]

Looking for $2 gas? It might be coming soon

Savings at the gas pump are averaging $10 for every fill-up, yet it doesn't look like gas prices are going to start heading back up anytime soon. In fact, prices crept closer to $2 a gallon this past week, as domestic oil supply is at a three-decade high, and forecast to keep growing. At the same time, the price of oil fell to its lowest level in five years. "Oil prices are plunging because … [Read more...]

Another week, another dime for gas prices

There is still no end in sight on how low gas prices may go after the national average for a gallon of gasoline dropped another dime in the past week. That new national average is now $2.70, the lowest since September 2010. Sunday marked the 73rd straight day that gas prices had fallen, losing 66 cents in the process. "The shale boom continues putting downward pressure on the price of oil, … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving traveling like it’s 2009

It's just five years ago, but 2009 is not too hard to remember. The Black Eyed Peas had a hit in "Boom Boom Pow." At movie theaters, "Avatar" was breaking every record imaginable. And at the gas pump, drivers were paying less than $2.70 at the pump. Hit songs and blockbuster movies from five years ago will likely stay there, but cheap gas? It's back, as the national average for a galling of … [Read more...]

Cheaper gas means more cars on road for Thanksgiving

Travelers will be out in abundance over the Thanksgiving holiday next weekend, but many more will be in cars than in previous years thanks to the massive drop in gasoline prices. AAA Travel projects that 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend, the highest volume since 2007. Even more, 90 percent of them will take to the road, including 2.1 … [Read more...]

Finding a deal on gasoline? It’s only going to get cheaper

Since the end of September, the price of gas has plummeted in states across the country, including 41 cents per gallon in Florida alone. And it's not stopping anytime soon. "Gas prices are plunging in-line with the falling price of oil, declining demand, and pumps selling winter blend fuel, which is cheaper to produce," said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, in a release. "Gas prices should only … [Read more...]

Low gas prices might push Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and dropping gas prices at the pump could convince many families to take to the road. Gas in Florida dropped another nickel over the past week, bringing the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded to $2.91, while the national average falls to $2.93. It's the 42nd consecutive day gas prices have dropped nationally, and the 37th in Florida. "Cheap … [Read more...]