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Prices Up, July 4th Travel Down?

Tell if you're driving over the holiday.

by on Jun.24, 2009

With fuel prices up, travel will be down, even compared to the dismal July 4, 2008 holiday, predicts AAA.

With fuel prices up, travel will be down again, even compared with the miserable 2008 holiday.

If you’ve been filling your tank, lately, you know the bad news: after a brief, spring reprieve, fuel prices have been rising again, now nudging $3.00 a gallon in some parts of the country.

While prices are nowhere near the $4-a-gallon level, as they were this time a year ago, the impact is nonetheless being felt by motorists across the country, says the AAA.  And the most immediate impact will be on travel during the upcoming Independence Day holiday, the road club projects.

Expect 37.1 million Americans to travel more than 50 miles from home during the long Fourth of July holiday, but that’d be a 1.9 percent decline from last year, when 37.8 million motored over 50 miles.  And the 2007 travel statistics were already down 10.5% from Independence Day ’07, when 42.3 million of us took a long drive.

How will you readers of respond to rising fuel prices?  Will you suffer through it and keep motoring, or will you switch plans, stay at home and set off a few of those firecrackers you hid away?  Click on the comment button and let us know!