Independence Day Travel Forecast

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AAA discusses their Independence Day travel forecast and shares tips for a stress free holiday drive.

    Yolanda Cade: Independence Day may not be on a weekend this year, but the mid week holiday won't keep many Americans at home. AAA is predicting that more than 42.

    3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home. A 4.

    9% increase from last year.

    If you are hitting the road this 4th of July, making a travel plan will ensure your celebration is stress free. The calendar is giving Americans a unique opportunity to expand the holiday to six or more days, including a weekend and two week days with the actual holiday will ensure you get the most out of Independence Day.

    With 54% of holiday travelers planning to depart the weekend before the fourth, drivers should prepare for traffic on the roads. Instead of departing the Friday the four, like the majority of travelers, leave on Saturday or Sunday to beat the holiday rush.

    Despite projection or an increase in travel volume, many Americans are still concerned about budgeting for the trip. Medium spending is expected to be around $749, a 7% decrease from last year.

    Many plan to attend free outdoor events and public fireworks celebrations to avoid the cost of expensive activities. If you are still debating an Independence Day trip, don't let gas prices keep you off the road.

    Current fuel prices are lower than this time last year and down considerably from spring's peak average of $3 and 94 cents per gallon. If you are still concerned, look at day trip options closer to home and plan to avoid the worst of the standstill traffic.

    Independence Day promises to be busy and very well traveled. Make sure you start off your road trip with a plan.