AAA – The Auto Club Group
Susan Hiltz, Public Affairs Director-Michigan
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AAA Issues Statewide “Back to Basics” Traffic Safety Tips and Latest Gas Price  Info
DEARBORN, MI, (August 29, 2018)  – Labor Day is traditionally the third-most traveled holiday of the summer travel season.  Based on estimated travel trend history, relatively stable gas prices and improving economic indicators, over one million Michiganders are expected to be traveling over the Labor Day weekend.  With a majority of those travelers more than likely to be hitting Michigan roads and highways, AAA is issuing a statewide CALL FOR CAUTION along with BACK TO BASICS traffic safety tips for travelers.
According to 2017 Labor Day Traffic Safety Statistics from Michigan State Police, traffic fatalities increased from 2016 to 2017:

Considering these risk factors, AAA’s statewide CALL FOR CAUTION urges Michigan motorists to follow these tips:
AAA Back to Basics Traffic Safety Tips

“Labor Day is the traditional “last hurrah” before the new school year begins, summer winds down and everyone shifts back into the regular work-day routine. Relatively stable gas prices combined with a favorable weather forecast offer the perfect formula to make the most of this final summer holiday in the Great Lake State.” said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director for AAA – The Auto Club.  “AAA’s call for caution and back to basics traffic safety tips are part of our ongoing effort to help keep Michigan motorists safe.”
Labor Day Gas Prices Expected To Be Higher Than Last Year
Michigan motorists can expect to find higher Labor Day gas prices this year compared to last year.  
Additional Factors That Affect Gas Prices

AAA Fall Forecast: Gas Prices to Average 25¢ per gallon Less than Summer
AAA forecasts the national average price at the pump will drop to $2.70 or below this fall. That is 14-cents per gallon less than Tuesday’s average price and more than a quarter cheaper than this year’s record high of $2.97 set in May.
“Labor Day signals the end of the summer travel season and the beginning of an autumn trend that normally leads to lower gas prices,” said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director,  AAA – The Auto Club Group .  “In September, gasoline demand drops and refiners switch to a cheaper-to-produce winter-blend fuel, putting downward pressure on prices at the pump. However, several outliers can reverse this forecast, including crude oil price hikes, geopolitical tensions and the threat of a hurricane.”
  2017 Year-to-Date Avg 2018 Year-to-Date Avg Year-over-Year Difference
  Michigan $2.39 $2.80 $0.41
  National $2.32 $2.73 $0.41
What Will Push Pump Prices Down this fall?
Part of the anticipated drop in fall pump prices is due to the switchover to winter-blend gasoline in mid-September. The difference between summer- and winter-blend gasolines involves the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) of the fuel. RVP is a measure of how easily the fuel evaporates at a given temperature. The more volatile a gasoline (higher RVP), the easier it evaporates. Winter-blend fuel, which is cheaper to produce, has a higher RVP because the fuel must be able to evaporate at low temperatures for the engine to operate properly, especially when the engine is cold.
The  arrival of fall historically means a drop in consumer gasoline demand as fewer Americans take extended road trips, compared to the summer.
What Could Prevent Cheaper Gas Prices?

AAA 2018 Gas Watcher’s Guide
In time for fall, AAA is releasing the 2018 Gas Watcher’s Guide with tips for conserving fuel, saving money and maintaining fuel efficiency. The Guide offers these tips – and many more - for motorists to keep in mind as they fill-up at the pump: Motorists can find current gas prices at and along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at
Law Enforcement
In support of law enforcement agencies across the state and country, AAA reminds drivers that the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement and education campaign to encourage safe and sober driving is in effect until September 3rd .

Get Road Trip Ready
AAA recommends motorists inspect their vehicle and check the condition of their battery and tires BEFORE heading out.  Nothing puts a damper on a trip more than unforeseen vehicle problems. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance when needed.