Lower gas prices will fuel more travel
In December, CNN reported that with the decline of gas prices over the past year, Americans saved an average of $540 per driver in 2015. That means households with two drivers saved an average of $1,100. That’s a lot of money! On top of that, AAA is reporting that based on current projections, gas prices will remain low in 2016, with the average price per gallon hovering between $2.25 and $2.45. That’s nearly a dollar less than the average price in 2014 and the second lowest price in the past decade.
That savings is essentially giving consumers 130 billion dollars to spend in other ways. So what are people doing with this extra money? Many people are eating out at restaurants more often – an industry that took a huge hit during the economic recession, but was up 8% last year compared to 2014. Others are buying new cars, and bigger cars since the gas they have to put in them is so cheap. But CNN also reports that more people are traveling, thanks in part to this savings on gas.
Last year Americans drove 2.4 trillion miles by September of 2015, which was up 3% from that time in 2014. And while airline travel is up as well, many people will choose to hit the road instead, thanks to the lower price at the pump. In fact, Americans are driving more than ever, and that’s having a great impact on the economy as it also means people are eating out more, staying in hotels, going to movies and, of course, buying gas along the way.
So how will you spend that money you’re saving on gas? If you’re considering putting it towards a fun road trip or vacation, you might also consider throwing in a roadside assistance plan. An emergency roadside assistance plan is an affordable way to ensure that you’re never left on the side of the road during a trip. It is also a great way to get exclusive discounts and coupons towards travel, hotels, car rentals, amusement parks, and more.
Best Roadside Service, an emergency roadside assistance company servicing the US and Canada, offers members travel related discounts at hundreds of hotels around the world; including a 10% discount at all 1,100+ pet friendly Motel 6 locations. They also offer discounts for Enterprise, National, and Thrifty car rental services as well as Cruise America RV Rentals and Sales. Additionally, members have access to special Six Flag tickets and reservations through their website.
Best Roadside Service doesn’t just save you money on your next vacation or business trip. If you plan on purchasing a new car with your savings, you will want to make sure you care for your purchase by maintaining it properly. Best Roadside Service members receive discounts at many national automotive chains such as Meineke, Aamco, Jiffy Lube, and more.
Roadside Assistance plans are an affordable way to save even more money than you’ve already saved in the past year on gas. For less than $80 a year, you can keep yourself safe on the road, ensure you’re never stranded while driving, and enjoy discounts and benefits all over the country while you travel.