Jul 3, 2012 at 7:41 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - This year's Independence Day holiday falls smack dab in the middle of a work week, but that won't keep millions of Americans from hitting the road to celebrate the Fourth.
"We expect 42.3 million Americans to be traveling...a five percent increase over last year," AAA Minnesota's Gail Weinholzer said. "That an all-time high set in 2007, which also coincidentally was a Wednesday,"
There is also good news for those traveling by car when it comes to how much they will have to pay at the pump.
"We are seeing a nice decline in gas prices," Weinholzer said. "The national average is just about 3.30 Minnesota is coming in quite as usual, right around the national average and that is a significant reduction from last year, almost a quarter."
As for how many folks will be taking advantage of those lower fuel prices, Weinholzer said most travelers will do just that.
"35.5 million Americans, or about 84% of about everyone who is traveling, will be traveling by personal automobile," Weinholzer said. "So we encourage people because of the high number of people traveling by automobile to be especially alert and to slow down, pay attention, drive sober and buckle up."
This year's Fourth of July holiday travel period runs from Tuesday through Sunday.
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