AAA: 41 millions Americans expected to travel over holiday weekend

Published 7:30 pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The roads may be crowded for those planning an Independence Day getaway this year.

According to a release from AAA Travel, 41 million Americans are expected to hit the road and travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend.

This year’s projection is an increase from last year’s figure of 40.3 million travelers.

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More than eight of 10 Independence day travelers will get from point A to point B by automobile, the highest level of road trippers since 2007.

Clay Ingram, AAA Alabama spokesperson, said Independence Day is typically the most popular summer holiday for travel.

“With school out for summer, the Fourth of July holiday is typically the busiest summer travel holiday, with five million more Americans traveling compared to Memorial Day weekend,” Ingram said. “In line with tradition, most travelers are celebrating their newfound summer freedom with an all-American road trip.”

Independence Day travelers will have to budget for high fuel prices.

According to the release, the current average price for a gallon of gas in Alabama is $3.42 per gallon, compared to $3.24 a year ago.

Regardless of gas prices, the release cites a boost in consumer confidence as a driving force behind summer road trips.

“Steady improvement in the economy has spurred increased consumer confidence and spending,” Ingram said. “Optimistic Americans are more willing to take on debt this year, dusting off their credit cards to pay for a much-needed Independence Day getaway.”