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AAA: Cost of driving on the rise in N.C.

Posted April 8, 2010

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— Rising gas prices mean that it will likely cost more to drive in North Carolina this year, according to an estimate by AAA Carolinas.

With gas prices currently averaging at $2.78 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, the owner of an average sedan who drives 15,000 miles a year will pay 61 cents a mile, according to AAA. That's up from 56 cents a mile last year.

For an average sedan, that adds up to $9,098 a year, including the costs of maintenance, insurance, taxes, registration, depreciation and financing.

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In 2008, the cost was $8,399. View a breakdown of costs for different types of vehicles.

But motorists will also be paying more in other driving costs, not just at the pumps.

Maintenance costs and tire prices are also on the rise because of the recession.

"Mainly, it's because manufacturers are trying to make back the money they lost in previous years, and unfortunately, it's passed on to the consumer," Anita Flippin, a branch sales manager with AAA Carolinas said.

Health care costs are also a factor.

"It costs more to cover your liability if you're in an accident," Flippin said. "Every time health insurance goes up, car insurance goes up."

But motorists can reduce their driving costs by slowing down, smoothly accelerating from stops and keeping vehicles properly maintained, she added.

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  • Rolling Along Apr 8, 2010

    "Not one mention of having one of the highest gas taxes in the country to pay for Bev's trips to Hollywood (because it sure isn't being spent on the roads). How is that WRAL? Does anyone at WRAL not believe having one of the highest gas taxes in the country contributes to higher gas prices?"_wmauney

    Ummm did you research that? NC is just about in the middle. NY is the highest at 44.5, Alaska the lowest at 8 cents.

  • delilahk2000 Apr 8, 2010

    ZMAN, NO ITS NOT, I LIKE TYPING THIS WAY. MAKES IT EASIER TO READ.

  • Z Man Apr 8, 2010

    delilahk2000 - your caps lock is stuck!

  • Z Man Apr 8, 2010

    I'm like durham_nc - I have an '03 Trailblazer which I tried to sell without luck, so I sold my 07 Honda Fit. Now I have no payment, collision, or comprehensive which will help offset the halfing of the gas mileage. But I also have an 09 BMW F800GS which gets 51 MPG so I ride it as much as possible. I really wouldn't care if it were $7/gallon.

  • yankee1 Apr 8, 2010

    So where's the outrage libtards? Gas is 70 cents higher than it was at this time last year shortly after smirky took office. Why no screaming about the oil companies and Haliburton? Freakin' hypocrites, that's why! Guess you don't mind being slapped around by your own.

  • delilahk2000 Apr 8, 2010

    I SEE MY LAST POST DEFENDING MY COMMENT WAS NOT PRINTED, BUT YET AGAIN OTHERS CAN DO THE SAME THING,AND THEIRS GET POSTED, BUT GOLO CHOOSES TO NOT PRINT MINE. WAY TO GO. THANKS

  • durham_nc Apr 8, 2010

    If you read it closely, you see the biggest expenses are not gas, they are finance charges and depreciation.

    If you need to save money, buy a used car and keep it a long time. Wait until you have cash to pay for it. Live within your means.

  • hi_i_am_wade Apr 8, 2010

    To delilahk2000:

    Big Oil is definitely greedy, but that is capitalism. They have stockholders to answer to, they have to make a profit. If you don't like it, I'm sure Hugo Chavez would welcome you. I don't like it, but I like the alternative even less. I also remember that Big Oil markup is a percentage. When prices are high, it is worth their money to explore for new oil fields. There are known oil reserves, untapped due to cost, that could supply us with enough oil for several decades. When costs go up, Big Oil will tap those reserves, which will then lower prices. Of course, sometimes the eco-idiots prevent oil fields from being tapped. For example, there is a known oil reserve off California that leaks oil into the ocean naturally. It cannot be tapped because the environmentalists protest too much. We need to protect the earth, but we need to be balanced in doing so.

    Big Oil is greedy and at times evil. But Big Oil is not causing high gas prices. Capitalism is.

  • diesel Apr 8, 2010

    It,s not like we couldn,t figure it out on our own we had to have the big AAA to tell us old news.

  • ranquick Apr 8, 2010

    Just our government at work, no tax rasie, well this is a another way of getting your hard earned moeny

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