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AAA: Driving expenses up 3.4 pct for sedans

Cars are shown stuck in heavy traffic in Los Angeles in this undated file photo.

April 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The cost of driving is going up and it's not just because of the high price of gas.

AAA's annual study of driving costs found that on average getting where you need to go costs 3.4 percent more than last year. That's just under $8,800 a year.

The number is based on 15,000 miles of driving the average sedan.

The biggest increases are: the cost of tires, up more than 15 percent; fuel costs, up more than 8.5 percent; and depreciation, up nearly 5 percent.