Driving costs up 1.9 cents a mile

Driving costs up 1.9 cents a mile

April 28th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Business Around the Region

Driving costs up 1.9 cents a mile

The cost of operating a typical sedan car rose in the past year by 1.9 cents per mile to 59.6 cents per mile, according to a AAA study released Friday. For those driving an average of 15,000 miles a year, AAA estimates the average cost of owning and operating a sedan is $8,946 a year. John Nielsen, AAA director of automotive engineering and repair, said most of the increase stems from the 14.8 percent increase in fuel costs from 2011 to 2012.

In-depth findings of this year's study are contained in the "Your Driving Costs" brochure that is available at select local AAA branch offices.

Ex-AT&T leader on BlueCross board

Retired AT&T Corp. executive Marty G. Dickens, of Nashville, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. Dickens, who served as Tennessee president of AT&T, retired from his 39-year career with the communications company in 2007. He is a past chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"Marty brings an impressive combination of intellect, experience and energy to our board," said Vicky Gregg, CEO of the Chattanooga-based insurance giant.