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Sending or reading a text, eating food, searching for a station on your car radio or a song on your iPod – these can all draw your attention away from the road while you're driving. Distracted driving is a deadly behavior that leads to about 5,000 deaths every year, about 16 percent of all fatal car crashes, according to federal estimates. Teenage drivers are the most affected by this, being distracted about a quarter of the time while behind the wheel.

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AAA is now offering emergency roadside service for bicyclists in the Cincinnati area. Automobile club members can now call for assistance if they have a flat tire, broken chain, or any other bicycle problem.

If you're hitting the roads to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, you won't be alone. Auto club AAA says nearly 46.9 million Americans plan to travel by car or plane during the long holiday weekend. And, the auto club says, nearly 2 million Ohioans will be among them.

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If you're staying home this Labor Day weekend you're in the minority. According to AAA, 88 percent of Ohioans (1.6 million) will be hitting the road sometime before Monday. Nationwide 35.5 million Americans will do the same.

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AAA is opening another electric car charging station in the Tristate.  The new one is on Orphanage Road in Fort Wright.  Spokesperson Cheryl Parker says AAA members and non-members alike can charge up their vehicles, free of charge.

“We want to provide a service to a growing motor vehicle population,” she says.

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The Orchids at Palm Court in Cincinnati's Hilton Hotel has earned AAA's highest award. It's now Ohio's only five diamond restaurant.

Executive Chef Todd Kelly says he was determined to do all he could to earn the lofty designation.

"Every chef, as they're growing up, dreams of awards and accolades like this," says Kelly.

To earn the rating, Kelly says he and the staff had to make some changes to their menu and how they operate.

Plan ahead if you plan to travel over Christmas. AAA says the roads will be extra busy this year, especially Wednesday.

Spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says 3.8 million Ohioans plan to travel 50 miles or more, up 5 percent from last year.

"The increase marks the highest travel volume ever recorded for the region," says Parker.

She says low gas prices are likely driving the higher travel numbers. Nationaly, she says, we've seen 88 consecutive days of falling prices.
 

Snow can turn the world into a winter wonderland, which is great if you don’'t have to drive in it. But even though we all know its coming - it happens every year about this time - so many Cincinnati drivers seem completely unprepared for driving in snow or icy conditions. Here to share tips on how to survive the drive this winter and give us some information on holiday road travel is AAA Allied Group Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Jim Hanni.

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If you're packed and ready to take a trip for the Fourth of July, you'll be in good company.  AAA projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for the holiday weekend.  AAA Corporate Public Affairs Manager Cheryl Parker says that's a 1.9 percent increase from last year and a 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day travel period.

"The majority of travelers, as we've see in in the past, will be traveling by road--8 out of 10-- 34.8  million Americans traveling by automobile," says Parker.  "This is the highest number of travelers since 2007."

If you're traveling for Memorial Day, you'll have a lot of company on the roads and in the air.  AAA is estimating more than 1.34 million Ohioans plan to travel this weekend, a 0.6 percent increase from last year.  The figure is 36.1 million across the country, a 1.5 percent increase and the highest number since the recession. Cheryl Parker with AAA in Cincinnati chalks it up to cabin fever.

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