AAA July 4th Travel Forecast: Fewer People Traveling

There will be fewer people traveling over the July 4th holiday this year, according to AAA.

The automobile association predicts about 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during Independence Day weekend. That is a 2.5 percent decline from last year when over 40 million people hit the road over the same time period.

The main reason for the decline is the increase in fuel prices. Gasoline is about a dollar higher than this time last year.

Although fewer people are expected to travel by car, the number of air travelers is expected to increase by 9 percent. Over 3 million people are expected to fly during the holiday.


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  • by homey Location: plymouth on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    Thank you very Much Bev!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM in reply to homey
      Yes, because a state legislator has so much control over gas prices...
  • by 1/2 problem Location: USA on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    BOTH partys are sold out to special interests!!! As long as we continue to point the finger at one party or the other and don't blame whose truly at fault we're destined to remain in trouble!! BOTH partys cow down to lobbyists/PACs period and that's who runs this country. 99% of elected officials in DC are lawyers!! Is that reflective of the US population? Over 60% have a net worth that exceeds 1 million. Does that reflect the avg Joe? Lobbyists are allowed to sit down and write laws that effect us all, by BOTH partys!! How many folks do you know writing laws that isn't a lobbyist? NAFTA passed during Clinton, re-ratified under Bush. Etc. etc. We need election reform to allow the avg Joe to run and win elected offices!!! We have returned to a Monarchy and do NOT have a true democracy. In fact it's this way around the world in supposed democracy where the rich run things!! Shame!!! Look at the Gini coefficient for the past 30 yrs here in the US(under BOTH partys)!!!
  • by jim on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    well, when you can hardly buy groceries why are you going to spend money to go somewhere?
  • by Jamie16 Location: Williamston on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    No brainer! Thanks Obama!!
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      by homey on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:42 AM in reply to Jamie16
      And don't forget BEV!!!!
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        by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:27 PM in reply to homey
        Yeah, they're both responsible for George Bush's recession.
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