Record 4th of July Travel Expected This Weekend

4th-roadtripApproximately 43 million Americans are expected to travel for Independence Day this year by plane, train and largely by automobile. With gas prices at their lowest in 10 years, as well as lower hotel and airfare costs, record travel is expected this 4th of July weekend.

AAA expects a third year of record-breaking 4th of July weekend travel, defined as the period from Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4. With 36.3 million people in the U.S. driving 50 or more miles from home, motorists will make up 84 percent of total holiday travelers. This year’s holiday weekend roadway travel is up 1.2 percent over 2015, while air travel will increase 2.2 percent, with 3.3 people flying to their Independence Day destinations.

AAA believes the current low gas prices have encouraged U.S. drivers to hit the roads in record numbers this holiday weekend and throughout the summer driving season. Regardless of summertime increases, gas costs are lower this year than in years past. U.S. drivers will pay an average of $2.31 per gallon of regular gasoline this holiday weekend. Gas prices are 47 percent less than in 2015 and are also the lowest 4th of July weekend prices since 2005.

Airfare and hotel costs are also less this 4th of July weekend, compared to last year. Airfare for the top 40 domestic routes is nine percent less, and hotel prices have lowered slightly. Car rental prices have increased six percent over 2015 prices.

With a record number of motorists on the roads this 4th of July, accidents are a risk. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident over 4th of July weekend or any other time, the car accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers will fight to secure maximized compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.