SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The nation’s birthday is right around the corner. Get ready for fireworks, BBQs and even with prices at the pump approaching $5 per gallon, AAA says millions are going to hit the road to celebrate.
AAA predicts 47.9 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend, June 30 – July 4. This is an increase of 3.7% over 2021, bringing travel volumes just shy of those seen in 2019.
The biggest increase is coming from car travel.
While the demand for gas is expected to pick up starting Thursday, Valerie Puma, a communications specialist with AAA of Western and Central New York, says there are some precautions travelers can take to help before they hit the road.
“Planning your route ahead of time, using AAA TripTick, you can really take a look at what is the shortest route, or what will get you the best gas mileage,” Puma said.
With the numbers of travelers trending towards pre-pandemic numbers, Central New York residents, like Caitlin Devendorf, say they are excited to get back to doing what they used to do.
“Were looking forward to taking the kids back to the water park and doing things we’ve been reluctant to do the last few years,” Devendorf said.
While the predicted numbers may change slightly, it appears the high prices at the pump won’t deter Americans from traveling.