Reduced Rates for Nevada AAA Customers in Pandemic
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
LAS VEGAS -- With so few cars on the road because of stay-at-home orders, customers of AAA in Nevada are scheduled to receive a 20% refund for two months of their auto premiums. The roadside assistance organization is joining the list of companies offering some rebates as a result of the pandemic.
Sergio Avila, a public-relations specialist for AAA in Nevada, said the demand for gas has dropped to levels not seen in 50 years.
"Gasoline demand has decreased about 44%," he said, "and it's a level that we haven't seen since the spring of 1968."
Nevada typically falls in the top five for the most expensive states for gasoline, but COVID-19 has upended normal routines and reduced the need to drive. Avila said the cost of a gallon of gas one year ago in Nevada was $3.25, compared with $2.44 now, or almost 80 cents less per gallon.
Avila said fewer cars on the road also has meant fewer claims, which means Auto Club customers will get a refund.
"The refund will come either in the form of a credit for a renewal, a credit for a monthly bill or, if they paid their premium in full, they'll get a 20% refund depending on their form of payment," he said.
Even with the stay-at-home orders because of COVID-19, Avila added that it's important that people try to drive their vehicles at least 30 minutes or 15 miles per week, to keep the batteries charged up.
"And it could be as simple as this week, you take a trip to not the same grocery store you go to every day, but maybe one that's a little further, just to pick up some supplies," he said, "and that will keep your car in better shape."
AAA has extended auto-insurance coverage at no additional cost for drivers delivering critical items, such as food and medicine, who are using their personal vehicles through at least May 4.
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