June 24th, 2011AAA projects fewer people will travel this July 4th weekend
Despite travel slightly increasing over the Memorial Day weekend and gas prices dropping 20 cents a gallon since then, AAA is projecting that fewer people will travel this upcoming July 4th holiday weekend.
High gas prices are still cited as the main reason since prices are about 90 cents higher than last year at this time. AAA forecasts 39 million Americans will travel over 50 miles from home, a decline of 2.5 percent from last year. (Learn how to save gas in our guide to fuel economy.)
Automobile travel is expected to be down 3 percent from last year even though driving is the most popular means of travel. In a recent AAA survey, 44 percent said gas prices would impact their travel plans; 70 percent said they would adjust costs in other areas; and 30 percent said they would take a shorter trip or use a different mode of transportation.
Air travel is expected to rise 9 percent even though airfares are projected to be 11 percent more than last year and car rentals are to rise 3 percent.
If youre planning on hitting the road this Independence Day weekend or any other time this summer, make sure youre prepared. See our guide to summer road travel for tips on saving gas, prepping your vehicle, driving with pets and children, and travel gear.