Many gas stations across Ohio are spiking to nearly $2.70 a gallon, due to tight supplies and increased demand. While today’s average price in Ohio sits at $2.48 this will likely increase during the next few days.
Ohio’s gas prices peaked at $2.53 on Sept. 3, after Hurricane Harvey knocked out refining capacity in the Gulf Coast. This current price spike will likely send the Ohio average higher than that, to the highest levels since June, 2016.
Ohio’s gas prices are tied to the Chicago spot market, which is currently the highest priced market in the country due to:
A leak on the Explorer Pipeline, which has led to reduced product deliveries. This pipeline is responsible for transporting fuel from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest.
Major Midwest refineries operating at reduced rates because of autumn maintenance.
In addition, crude oil prices are on the rise, as inventories are down and demand is up in the U.S. and globally.
You can find gas price information at GasPrices.AAA.com.
State Steps up Senior Driver Safety Efforts
Ohio State Highway Patrol partners with Delaware community organizations for a CarFit event to ensure older driver safety and security
DELAWARE, Ohio (October 30, 2017) – AAA trained Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers to become CarFit technicians, during a one-day training at Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC on Oct. 25. The training also included a free CarFit event, which was open to all senior drivers.
Chesrown Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the only AAA CarFit Approved dealership in the country. AAA trained the dealership’s sales staff to be CarFit technicians in June, so staff can assist drivers in finding their perfect fit when purchasing a vehicle.
What is CarFit?
Seniors, age 65 and older, are the fastest growing age group in the United States, and are more mobile than ever before.
CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.
“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” said Mary Lou Gallimore, traffic safety program manager for AAA Ohio Auto Club. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.”
During CarFit event, newly trained Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers completed a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked:
- Correct position of driver’s seat
- Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
- Proper adjustment of mirrors
“It is critically important that mature drivers make safety a personal priority,” said Gallimore. “Driving today is more difficult than ever because of increased traffic congestion, longer commute distances, new technology and faster speeds. Older drivers can take important measures to mitigate the stress associated with driving.”
For more information on CarFit and other senior mobility issues and programs, visit SeniorDriving.AAA.com.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 57 million members with travel-, insurance-, financial- and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited online at AAA.com.
OHIO SENATE APPROVES SLOW DOWN TO GET AROUND LEGISLATION
Motorists Would Be Required to Slow Down When Approaching Waste and Recycling Vehicles
(October 27, 2017) ARLINGTON, VA – On October 25, the Ohio Senate unanimously approved SB 127, legislation that would protect workers in the waste and recycling industry on the state’s roadways. This vital legislation, commonly referred to as Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA), is designed to protect waste and recycling workers.
The legislation would require motorists, when they approach a stationary vehicle displaying flashing, oscillating, or rotating lights, to:
(1) Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
(2) Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.
This effort was led in the Ohio state Senate by Senator Frank LaRose (R), Chairman of the Transportation, Commerce, and Workforce Committee. The legislation now goes to the Ohio state House of Representatives for consideration.
“We applaud the Ohio Senate for putting the safety of our employees first. Our industry is dedicated to making it safer for our drivers and this legislation is an important step forward,” said Waste Management’s Kathy Trent.
The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the waste and recycling collection occupation ranks fifth in the nation for fatal work injury rates. Recent data shows that many accidents involving waste and recycling collection workers are caused by inattentive motorists or distracted driving.
“Currently 16 states that have enacted Slow Down to Get Around laws, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. We are encouraged by the vote in the state senate that Ohio will become the 17th state,” said Peggy Macenas, NWRA’s Director for the Midwest Region.
Slow Down to Get Around is a nationwide campaign by NWRA and its state chapters. In all states, NWRA encourages motorists to be aware of the roadside dangers facing waste and recycling collection workers. NWRA is asking the media, public safety and transportation agencies along with community leaders in Missouri to educate motorists about the new law.
The National Waste and Recycling Association represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states, and include companies that manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.
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Craig bill creating special license plates for military service passes House
COLUMBUS— State Rep. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) today announced the unanimous House passage of House Bill (HB) 194, bipartisan legislation to establish special license plates for military service and awards.
“I am proud that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle support this legislation,” said Craig, a military veteran. “In today’s times, it’s important to remember the tremendous sacrifices our military makes to protect our safety and our liberty as Americans. We are grateful for their service, and this legislation will help honor them for everything they do in keeping our country safe.”
HB 194 will require the Director of Veterans Services and the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to develop and maintain a program that issues nonstandard license plates recognizing military service and military honors. The legislation was jointly sponsored by State Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), a fellow military veteran, and passed out of House Transportation and Public Safety Committee earlier this year.
HB 194 passed the House 91-0. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.
New poll: Overwhelming support for fuel efficiency standards among Ohio residents
Poll finds broad-based support in Ohio for increasing clean cars standards by 2025
COLUMBUS – A recent poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found there is overwhelming support for clean cars standards among Ohio residents. While the Trump administration has opened the federal fuel efficiency standards for review, a majority of Ohioans support the standards, which make vehicles more fuel efficient and save drivers money at the pump.
“Our poll found broad public support for increased fuel efficiency standards, and support cuts across traditional partisan and demographic lines,” said Elizabeth Sena, partner, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. “Even when given the potential costs of the program, a clear majority of Ohio residents support higher fuel efficiency standards.”
According to the newly-released poll:
A 72 percent majority of Ohioans support requiring the auto industry to continue meeting increased fuel efficiency standards for new cars, minivans, SUVs and pickup trucks.
53 percent of Ohioans strongly favor the fuel efficiency standards.
Only 21 percent of Ohio residents are opposed to the standards.
The survey, which measured public support for fuel efficiency standards in five states, was commissioned by the Sierra Club, NextGen America, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
In August, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt re-opened the clean cars standards for review, which could serve as the first step toward dismantling or rolling back the standards.
“Ohioans want cleaner, more efficient cars, not more air pollution and increased costs at the pump,” said Andrew Linhardt, deputy legislative director for transportation at the Sierra Club. “These rules are driving technological innovation, cutting dangerous pollution, saving families money, and reducing America’s reliance on oil.”
“With the transportation sector being one of the largest sources of carbon pollution, we need these standards more than ever to safeguard our health and protect the environment,” said Luke Tonachel, director of the Clean Vehicles and Fuels Project for Natural Resources Defense Council. “Ohio residents clearly want cleaner, more efficient cars. The Trump administration should listen to them and maintain these crucial clean air protections.”
“Fuel efficiency standards are driving innovation in the auto sector while helping reduce pollution and fight back against dangerous climate change,” said Udai Rohatgi, vice president of NextGen Policy Center. “Dismantling these important standards would be a major step backward for Ohio families who are saving money at the gas pump – and a serious blow to efforts to combat climate change throughout the nation.”
According to a recent fact sheet by the Union of Concerned Scientists, current federal fuel efficiency standards will reduce oil consumption by nearly 1.5 million barrels per day and 23 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2030. The fuel efficiency standards are also projected to reduce carbon pollution by 280 million metric tons in 2030.
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Part of Hyundai’s massive SEMA fleet
By: Conner Golden October 23, 2017
Tis the season of SEMA specials, and as is tradition, Hyundai will be out in full force in Vegas with a fleet of highly customized sedans, hatches, and crossovers. Every year, the Korean automaker teams up with renowned performance shops to bring these wild creations to life, and this year, Ohio-based Vaccar turned a Tucson Sport into a hard-charging, musclebound showcar for the upcoming show.
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Visually, it’s right on par with Hyundai’s past SEMA exploits. As a base, Vaccar repainted the SUV a striking Blue Metallic with a color-shift silver two-tone. An aggressive Vaccar front lip, side skirts, rear diffuser, and M&S front grille were installed, complemented by 20 x 9.5 Concept One wheels.
There’s plenty of gumption to back up the appearance, with extra performance on tap from a Boostec turbocharger, R50 blow-off valve, AEM intake, Vaccar front-mount piping, cat-back exhaust, and Magnaflow mufflers. A Mishimoto intercooler and VMS Racing baffled oil-catch tank keeps turbo temps low and oil pressure high. Bigger Vaccar-sourced front and rear brakes slow things down, while Vaccar-Gecko G-Street coilovers keeps things stable.
Inside, surfaces are redone in Katzkin grey leather with microsuede and contrasted blue stitching. A host of extra gauges feed boost pressure, oil temp, and A/F. Since this is a SEMA custom, Vaccar also installed a full LCD headrest kit and hi-fi sound system.
Check out the Vaccar Tucson Concept at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas later this month.
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