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Pandemic Pause: Americans Cut Driving Nearly In Half In Early Stage of COVID Crisis

New AAA data shows that rideshare, transit, and taxi use plummeted, did not fully recover

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 15, 2021) – The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions in the spring of 2020, such as stay-at-home orders, led to a drastic drop in U.S. road travel and a sharp increase in the number of people who chose to stay home all day. While the dramatic change in traffic patterns was widely noted last year, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s New American Driving Survey (2020) provides compelling month-by-month data that examines the types of trips and the characteristics of the people who altered their driving habits. According to the research, the average number of all daily personal car trips plunged 45% in April 2020 and 40% for trips by all modes of transportation combined. The dip in travel moderated later in the year but remained below 2019 levels.

Crude Oil Prices to Hit 7-Year High this Week with the National Gas Price Average to Increase to $3.25 this Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 6, 2021) — The national gas price average has increased 40% since the start of the year, from $2.25 on January 1 to $3.13 today. Moreover, it is not stopping there. Motorists can expect gas prices to increase another 10–20 cents through the end of August, bringing the national average well over $3.25 this summer.

“Robust gasoline demand and more expensive crude oil prices are pushing gas prices higher,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. “We had hoped that global crude production increases would bring some relief at the pump this month, but weekend OPEC negotiations fell through with no agreement reached. As a result, crude prices are set to surge to a seven year-high.”

The last time crude was more than $76.40 and the national average gas price was at $3.25 was November and October 2014, respectively. Prices for crude will exceed this threshold as early as today and gas prices will follow suit in coming weeks, paving the way for a very expensive peak driving season.

New Vehicle Sales Expected to Stay Strong in the Second Quarter

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 29, 2021 -- The car shopping experts at Edmunds forecast that 4,468,791 new cars and trucks will be sold in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2021, which reflects a 51.6% increase from the second quarter of 2021 and a 14.8% increase compared to the first quarter of this year.

"New vehicle sales in the second quarter started off with a bang in April thanks to a combination of a speedier-than-anticipated vaccine rollout and many Americans itching to jump into a new vehicle and on the road toward some semblance of normal life," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds' executive director of insights. "Unfortunately the chipset and inventory shortages really came to a head and outstripped supply in June. This isn't a problem that's going away anytime soon, but the silver lining for automakers and dealers in the meantime is that consumer demand continues to run high and shoppers are clearly willing to pay inflated prices for the vehicles that they want."

New Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package Takes 4x4 Capability to New Levels

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 25, 2021 --

Jeep® Wrangler Xtreme Recon package offers 35-inch tires straight from the factory; further improving approach angle, departure angle, ground clearance and water fording capability

Customer orders now open with production at the Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Plant starting in August

Industry-first 100:1 crawl ratio from the factory will be available for ordering on the Wrangler Rubicon later this year


Jeep® 4x4 capability is legendary, and the brand continues its leadership position as the most capable 4x4 in the world.

As the brand continues its 80th Anniversary this year, it is elevating its capability game yet again with the introduction of the new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon Package at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show on July 14.

No Freedom from High Gas Prices for the Independence Day Holiday Weekend

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2021) — At $3.09, the national gas price average is at its highest of the year and not stopping. That average will increase, possibly as much as another nickel, in the lead up to Independence Day as AAA forecasts a record-breaking 43.6 million Americans will hit the road for a holiday getaway. This year’s Independence Day holiday weekend is defined as Thursday, July 1 – Monday, July 5.

While it is typical to see gas prices increase ahead of a holiday, especially during the peak summer driving season, pump price increases as of late have been noticeable.

“Today, 89% of U.S. gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more. That is a stark increase over last July 4 when only a quarter of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. “Road trippers will pay the most to fill up for the holiday since 2014.”


The 2021 Summer Of Love

The Bumper to Bumper Radio Network Shops want to make this Summer easy on you and your vehicle as well as helping out our community with a donation of Love back to Phoenix Children’s Hospital!

Every time you stop by a local Bumper to Bumper Radio Approved Shop for repair or service work this Summer, (July - September 7th, Labor Day), we will ask for a $1 donation which we will match as well as offering some timely summer specials for service or a repairs!

Customers can take advantage of these specials from participating Bumper to Bumper Radio Preferred Shops. Check your shop for details.

• $15 Off Standard Oil Changes
• $20 Off AC Service
• Complimentary Road Trip Car Inspection

Today we go under the hood of a Chrysler 300, and take a look at why regularly scheduled maintenance is so important.

More Than 47M Americans to Celebrate With an Independence Day Getaway

Travel expected to increase 40% compared to last July 4, reaching the second-highest travel volume on record

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 22, 2021) — More than 47.7 million Americans will take to the nation’s roadways and skies this Independence Day (July 1–5), as travel volumes are expected to nearly fully recover to pre-pandemic levels. In fact, this will be the second-highest Independence Day travel volume on record, trailing only 2019. Overall, just 2.5% fewer Americans are expected to travel this year compared to Independence Day in 2019. This represents an increase of nearly 40% compared to last year, when total travel fell to 34.2 million.

While all modes of travel will see increased demand this Independence Day, road trips continue to dominate this summer. Despite the highest gas prices in seven years, more than 91% of holiday travel will be by car. An expected 43.6 million Americans will drive to their destinations, the highest on record for this holiday and 5% more than the previous record set in 2019. With 3.5 million people planning to fly, air travel volumes this Independence Day will reach 90% of pre-pandemic levels, and increase 164% compared to last year.

H&I Automotive Shops Are Water Collection Points for Maricopa County’s Heat Relief Network

Both H&I locations are water collection points for Maricopa County Association of Governments’ Heat Relief Network.

The Heat Relief Network is a regional partnership of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), municipalities, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and businesses. Each year, MAG coordinates the mapping of the Heat Relief Network, a network of partners providing hydration stations, refuge locations, and water donation sites throughout the Valley with the goal of preventing heat-related illnesses and deaths among vulnerable populations.

Clip of the Week

Bumper to Bumper helps a listener having battery issues with his 2017 Hyundai Elantra.