AAA predicts the 4th of July weekend will break travel records, as an estimated 43 million Americans are expected to take trips.
“Spurred by the lowest gas prices since 2005, more people than ever are planning to travel this Independence Day weekend,” AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney said in a news release
. “Whether they’re traveling by car, plane, train, or cruise ship, it will be exciting to see so many Americans celebrating our nation’s freedom with their friends and family over the long holiday weekend.”
The travel period is considered to be Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4. Projections for Independence Day travelers outpace Memorial Day travelers by five million people.
Low gas prices have brought $20 billion in savings for travelers so far this year, compared with the same time last year, AAA said. Rising consumer confidence and economic activity also are contributing to this year's high travel rates.
More than 36 million people, or 84 percent of travelers, are expected to choose driving as their mode of transportation this coming holiday. The number of drivers represents a 1.2 percent increase over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 2.2 percent, and other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains, and buses, will increase 2 percent to 3.3 million travelers.
According to The Associated Press
, the number of Independence Day travelers this year is expected to outpace the 15-year average by 10.7 percent.
Along with the increase in travelers, AAA anticipates that 370,000 motorists will use its roadside assistance services. The agency urges motorist to plan ahead to avoid common troubles, which include dead batteries, lockouts, and flat tires.
AAA's estimates are based on research by IHS Global Insight.
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