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QUARTERLY DRIVING COSTS UP .2 CENT PER MILE, AAA SAYS

 ORLANDO, Fla., July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of owning and operating a new car is up .2 cent since the end of March, averaging 38.7 cents per mile, the American Automobile Association reported today.
 The $30 increase brings the total average yearly expenditure to $5,805, based on 15,000 miles of driving.
 AAA's study of driving costs is updated quarterly from computations made by Runzheimer International of Rochester, Wis. The management consulting firm specializes in transportation, travel and living costs.
 The average per-mile cost is determined by combining operating and fixed costs. During the second quarter of 1993, motorists paid an average 9.16 cents per mile in operating costs (gasoline, oil, maintenance and tires).
 Fixed costs, which include insurance, depreciation, registration, taxes and financing, averaged $12.13 per day.
 A motorist driving 15,000 miles per year would pay $1,374 in operating costs (15,000 miles x 9.16 cents) plus $4,431.10 in fixed costs ($12.14 x 365 days).
 AAA's cost estimates are based on a composite national average for three domestically built new cars: a subcompact Ford escort LX, a mid- size Ford Taurus GL and a full-size Chevrolet Caprice Classic.
 New England, at 40.3 cents per mile, was the most expensive region in which to own and operate a car during the second quarter. The Midwest was the least expensive at 37.1 cents.
 Other regional costs were: West and Mid-Atlantic, both 39.1 cents; Southwest, 38.7 cents; Great Lakes, 37.9 cents; and Southeast, 37.7 cents.
 AAA is a federation of 139 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its more than 34 million members in the United States and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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