You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Traveling by car this holiday? Read this first

AAA Miami Valley projects 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the holiday season. More than 85 million Americans will gas up the car, pack up the family and travel near and far. Lower gas prices could help spread the holiday cheer. Your Better Business Bureau offers some tips to keep you safe when hitting the road.

AAA Miami Valley says gas prices are 16 cents lower than the national average at $3.06 a gallon. Locally, this time last year, gas prices hovered around $3.08 a gallon. Gas prices are five cents less than one week ago and 11 cents less than one month ago, while the national average has declined for several weeks.

With gas prices on the decline, it may be why more Americans are traveling by car than by air. AAA says they’ve seen a decrease in Americans traveling by air, but Cindy Antrican, AAA Miami Valley says, “This is the fifth consecutive year of increases and the highest travel volume ever recorded for the season since data has been collected by AAA”. The holiday traveling period is defined as December 21 to January 1.

Your Better Business Bureau offers these holiday travel tips:

• Make travel plans early and avoid driving at peak travel times. Avoid traveling two days before or after Christmas.

• Take your car in for a checkup.

• Pack an emergency kit. It should include a flashlight, batteries, first-aid kit, food and water.

• Always pay with a credit card because you can dispute the charges. Never pay with cash.

• Verify your reservations with the companies directly before your trip.

• Buckle up and don’t text and drive. Pull over to a safe place if you need to text or make a call.

• Make sure you have your insurance card. In case of an accident, you’ll have your insurance information immediately.

• Check the local weather at your destination.

• Get plenty of rest if you plan to drive, so you’re not a hazard to yourself or others.

• Watch your speed and remember the rules of the road. Don’t tailgate and don’t rely primarily on your mirrors when changing lanes; turn around and check your blind spot.

Your BBB can provide lists of BBB Accredited Businesses, such as mechanics, hotels or rental car services. It can also provide Business Reviews on ones you’re considering. If you have any questions regarding holiday travel, you can always get help from your Better Business Bureau, visit or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers
STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers

Sears Holdings is set to close 50 Auto Center locations, the company announced. Sears updated investors last week on its strategic restructuring program, stating the company aimed to save $1.25 billion through some store closures in 2017. The company already announced it would close 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears locations. » RETAIL APOCALYPSE...
Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation
Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation

Kettering Health Network and Mercy Health have been named two of the Top 15 health systems in the nation by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics. It’s the fifth appearance on the Top 15 list for the Dayton-based Kettering system, comprised of eight hospitals, including Kettering Medical Center, Fort Hamilton, Soin...
675 Ohioans complained about mortgage servicer sued by feds
675 Ohioans complained about mortgage servicer sued by feds

State and federal authorities have sued mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts, including 675 Ohio complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday that the accounts Ocwen serviced were riddled with errors throughout the repayment process. It said the company...
Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations continue over health plans
Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations continue over health plans

Contract negotiations between the region’s largest health system and insurer UnitedHealthcare remain at an impasse as a deadline approaches that could jeopardize the health plans of up to 70,000 local residents. Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare, the area’s largest insurer, have been at an impasse in talks to renew their health coverage...
Dayton-area event will feature 500 small businesses
Dayton-area event will feature 500 small businesses

Ohio’s largest small-business-to-government-contracting event is set to happen Wednesday, the Ohio Development Services Agency said. The 2017 Ohio Business Matchmaker will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Wright State University’s Ervin J. Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. RELATED: Defense contractor opens new office...
More Stories