AAA predicts holiday travel to break record

WARREN — A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the Fourth of July, an increase of more than 5 percent compared to last year.

It’s also the highest amount since AAA started tracking 18 years ago, according to a press release from the auto club.

And for the 39.7 million Americans planning an Independence Day road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.

“More Americans are primed to take advantage of the strong economy by traveling to celebrate the holiday with family and friends,” said Jim Lehman, president, AAA East Central. “Gas prices have not deterred a great summer travel season.”

The increase in travelers can also be attributed to the holiday falling on a Wednesday, giving travelers greater flexibility to schedule a weekend trip before or after the holiday.

Also, motorists should expect to see gas prices stabilize.

Gas prices have slowly fallen since the 2018 high of $2.97 per gallon set over Memorial Day weekend. Since, the national gas price has dropped five cents through June 20 to $2.88 per gallon, but that remains 59 cents more than a year ago.