Transportation

AAA: Roadside debris pose emerging traffic risk

Aug 11th, 2016 | By
AAA Road Debris

AAA Press Release BOISE –  A new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study reveals that the evasive maneuvers taken by drivers to avoid road debris may limit the effectiveness of the vehicle safety devices designed to protect motorists. The study reveals debris-related crashes have increased by 40 percent since 2001. Between 2011 and 2014, the
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Idahoans pay 35 cents more per gallon than national average

Aug 4th, 2016 | By
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Gem State’s sixth highest pump prices follow a familiar seasonal trend AAA Press Release BOISE – Abundant gasoline supplies and low oil prices should continue to give drivers something to cheer about through the remainder of the summer and into fall, but Gem State motorists are experiencing less of that tangible benefit, according to AAA.
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GM recalls about 308K cars; air bags may not work in crash

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling nearly 308,000 older Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. and Canada because the air bags might not inflate in a crash. The recall covers Impalas from the 2009 and 2010 model years that were made before Feb. 10, 2010. GM says in government documents that the front passenger
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AAA says new car gadgets may be behind record road calls

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
AAA Road Calls

  Study shows AAA came to the rescue of 32 million motorists last year; 42,000 in Idaho alone Journal Staff BOISE – AAA responded to 32 million roadside calls last year—a record—with more battery, flat tire, and key problems than ever before, despite advances in vehicle technology designed to minimize those headaches. AAA’s new analysis
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Montana lender that aids Idaho businesses changes its name

Jun 20th, 2016 | By
Various government and company representatives broke ground on the Golden Valley Natural plant in Shelley in April 2014. The plant worked with Montana & Idaho CDC to obtain needed financing. (Photo by Kendra Evensen/Idaho State Journal)

By Sarah Glenn/Idaho State Journal MISSOULA — A Montana company that has helped struggling Idaho projects find millions in financing changed its name on June 6. Montana CDC is now called Montana & Idaho CDC. “Changing our name to Montana & Idaho CDC shows our commitment to helping nearly bankable Idaho businesses the same way
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Tesla to release lower-priced versions of Model S car

Jun 9th, 2016 | By

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla said Thursday that it has started selling a cheaper version of its Model S car in an attempt to make its electric vehicles more affordable for more people. The new version, called the Model S 60, starts at $66,000. An all-wheel drive version of the Model S 60 will start
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The great road trip returns this summer thanks to cheap gas

May 22nd, 2016 | By
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By Scott Mayerowitz AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Grab your sunglasses, a giant cup of coffee and prepare to hit the highway: 2016 is shaping up to be the summer of the road trip. Cheap fuel prices have left many American families flush with spare cash, which they now plan to spend on vacations.
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Pocatello gas cheaper than state average

Mar 8th, 2016 | By

By Journal Staff Average retail gasoline prices in Idaho have not moved in the past week, averaging $1.83 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 802 gas outlets in Idaho. This compares to the national average that has increased 6.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.81. Prices in Pocatello were
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Big truck sales slow due to oversupply, less freight

Feb 9th, 2016 | By
The Kenworth Sales Company at 2555 Garrett Way in Pocatello began selling trucks last year for the first time since 1975. Recent months have seen a slump in truck sales, mostly due to a flood of trucks and less freight to carry.
Photo by Vanessa Grieve

By Vanessa Grieve For the Journal The big-truck market is moving in low-gear compared to a few months ago when the economy looked to be improving. “The used truck market looks pretty sad,” said Floyd Herrman, a truck sales consultant at Kenworth Sales Company in Pocatello, in late-January. “I think one of the big things
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Low gas prices lead to increased car sales nationally, locally in 2015

Jan 20th, 2016 | By
Pat Murphy, general sales manager at Hirning Buick GMC in Pocatello, says recent low gas prices have fueled vehicle sales, particularly for trucks and SUVs. (Photo by Doug Lindley/Idaho State Journal)

By Cydney McFarland cmcfarland@journalnet.com POCATELLO — Lower gas prices are turning in to higher sales for car dealerships in Idaho and across the country. Local dealerships are seeing this sales increase mostly in the sale of sport utility vehicles and trucks. “People aren’t as concerned with gas mileage so we’ve seen a drop in high
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