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Oil Prices Falling Slightly for Thanksgiving Weekend

Increase in inventory offset by usual uptick for travel.

by on Nov.22, 2017

Gas prices are down slightly as what is expected to be a holiday record for travel kicks off.

With the Thanksgiving holiday underway, gasoline prices dropped slightly as motorists began filling up their tanks for what looks to be a record week for travel.

AAA reported after holding steady for nine days, the national gas price average was slowly declining at the start of the Thanksgiving week. At $2.54, the average price of gasoline was two cents less per gallon than one week ago and 40 cents more per gallon than a year ago.

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While lower prices are a welcome sight for travelers, higher pump prices have not typically stopped Americans from hitting the road for holiday travel, AAA noted. (more…)

Holiday Traffic Fatalities Expected to Rise

Record number of travelers hitting holiday roadways.

by on Dec.21, 2015

This holiday season is expected to see an uptick in traffic fatalities and injuries, according to the National Safety Council.

Predictions call for a record number of travelers this holiday season and with more people on the roads, there are bound to be more accidents. Officials expect traffic deaths and injuries will be their highest levels since 2009.

The National Safety Council expects 307 people will be killed and 37,200 seriously injured in traffic crashes during the three-day Christmas holiday period. The group also estimates 346 will be killed and 41,900 seriously injured during the three-day New Year’s holiday period.

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More than 100 million people are expected to travel for the holidays with more than 90% of those expected to be climbing behind the wheel to get to their holiday destinations. (more…)

Hurricane Arthur Could Dampen Record Holiday Driving Plans

Some useful tips for a safe and happy trip on the Fourth.

by on Jul.03, 2014

A new hurricane might be the only thing that could dampen the nation's travel bug this holiday.

As the first big Atlantic storm of the year bears down on the North Carolina coast, all bets are off for what had been looking to be a record weekend for travel, especially among those expecting to drive over the long Fourth of July holiday.

Overall, a survey by the AAA found 41 million people ready to travel, whether by air, rail or car, an increase of 1.9%. The national organization also noted that about 80% of those who plan to leave home will do so by automobile – or 34.8 million, the biggest number since 2007, before the Great Recession began.

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A separate survey, conducted for Hankook Tires, was even more optimistic, predicting a 9% jump in travel for the long holiday – which is defined this year as beginning on Wednesday, July 2nd and ending on Sunday, July 6th.


Gas Prices Take Rare Dip in Time for Holiday

Forget $5; most Americans will see prices closer to $3.50 for Independence Day.

by on Jun.30, 2011

With fuel prices down, motorists have reason to celebrate over the long Independence Day weekend.

Don’t be surprised if the local market marks up prices on hot dogs, ground beef and barbecue supplies in the coming days as they take advantage of the Independence Day holiday – but getting to the store might prove cheaper than anticipated.

Despite recent forecasts that gasoline prices might skyrocket to $5 a gallon by the Fourth of July, those predictions have proved to be duds.  A variety of factors – including the White House decision to tap the national strategic oil reserves – are getting credit for the unexpected plunge in prices, which peaked at around $4 a gallon in late spring.

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Many service stations owners are still expected to nudge their numbers up, however, taking advantage of travelers who might be less likely than normal to look for the best bargains.  On the other hand, retail giant Wal-Mart announced that it will cut the price of fuel sold at many of its stores across the country by a dime, a discount it says it will maintain for the next 90 days.


Fourth of July Travel Expected to Increase

Travel by automobile continues to be dominant mode of U.S. transportation. AAA predicts an increase in Gulf Coast traffic.

by on Jun.23, 2010

AAA today projected the number of Americans traveling this Fourth of July holiday weekend will increase 17.1% from 2009. This means about 34.9 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home.

Last year, 29.8 million Americans traveled during the same period. The 2010 Fourth of July holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, July 1 to Monday, July 5.

“While financial markets continue to have volatility related to the European debt crisis, the landscape of the U.S. economy is in a much different place than it was one year ago,” said Glen MacDonell, director, AAA Travel Services. “It is encouraging to see such growth this summer as Americans take to the road to visit family, friends and great vacation destinations.”

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As the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico continues, the impact on tourism in the Gulf Coast region is still unknown. However, currently most beaches remain open and while AAA offices have reported member inquiries regarding travel to the Gulf Coast, they have not experienced widespread cancellations. Travelers visit these communities for reasons other than boating and swimming including visiting family and friends, state and national parks, golfing, shopping, dining and nightlife. Therefore, AAA is projecting an increase in travel in states in the Gulf Coast region as well.


Prices Up, July 4th Travel Down?

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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!