AAA prediction: US to set road trip record for July 4 holiday

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(CNN) – Americans feel the heat at the gas pump, but it won’t keep them in the park, the AAA predicts.

The Automotive and Trip-Planning Group’s annual estimate for the July 4 holiday weekend shows that 42 million Americans – more than ever before – will take a road trip of 50 miles or more.

That’s despite gas prices hitting record highs earlier this month. The national average on Monday was 9 4.98 per gallon, up from સપ્ 5.02 a week earlier.

The combination of vacationers and tourists could take twice as long as usual at peak points on Thursday and Friday evenings, said Enrix’s traffic experts.

He warned that some of the busiest routes would include highways around Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.

The best time to travel from Thursday to Friday is early or late in the day, Enrix predicts. He said crowds should be less on Sundays and Mondays. This year it lands on Monday, July 4th.

Gas saving tips

On June 16, 2022, heavy traffic in Providence, Rhode Island causes a slowdown.  This site will probably be familiar to plenty of drivers on July 4 this year.

On June 16, 2022, heavy traffic in Providence, Rhode Island causes a slowdown. This site will probably be familiar to plenty of drivers on July 4 this year.

Chris Craig / The Providence Journal / USA Today Network

People determined to get on the road still have ways to reduce gas prices. Some strategies include:

દૂર Bypass stations are away from major highways: In a recent interview with CNN Travel, AAA Public Relations Manager Ellen Edmunds advised, “It’s best not to use interstate stations in general.” Instead, “drive a few miles down the road. Look for residential areas or remote rural areas.”

Avoid expensive gas stations: If you have low gas and you are stuck in an area where you have jack-up prices, pull to refuel anyway. Just don’t fill it all the way. Pump enough gas to safely reach a place where stations usually charge less.

Consider “proximity”: There are options between settling for another investment and an epic, cross-country road trip that can waste your budget. It’s “close”. Think of places closer to home, but think of places farther away so that it feels like a real trip.

In the sky

When the roads are full, fewer Americans will fly for the holiday, the AAA expects.

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It said an estimated 3.55 million people would be taken to the skies on Independence Day, with only 7% being tourists. It is the lowest since 2011, when the economy was still recovering from the Great Recession.

The AAA says air fares are about 14% more expensive than in 2021.

Hopper’s fare observers say the prices paid this month are about $ 20 lower than the May average, but that’s thanks to travelers buying less expensive fall flights. The AAA said the average hotel room rate is 23% higher than last year.

Overall, the AAA said that despite the high cost, travel demand is “not going off”.

“People are ready for a break and despite the high cost of things, they are still looking for ways to take that much-needed vacation,” said Paula Tweedel of AAA Travel.

Advice to cancel flight

CNN Travel asked Kathleen Bangs, a former commercial airline pilot and spokeswoman for FlightAware, what travelers can do for cancellations and delays this summer.

She offered these tips based on a conversation she had with an employee at a major US airline on Monday:

સમય Upholstery Time: Do not travel on the day of an important event. Plan to arrive at least one day early.

• Apps are your friend: If your flight has been canceled, reschedule your trip on the airline’s application. You’re likely to be able to rebook quickly and you’ll have access to seats that are likely to be filled as you wait on the phone.

ઉપયોગ Use carry-on for essentials: Pack everything you need in your carry-on in a day or two. Do not check for prescription drugs or other essentials.

Be Thoughtful: Don’t take your frustrations out on customer service employees. They do not make operational decisions.

Top image: A motorist refills petrol in Houston. (Aaron M. Spratcher / AP)

CNN’s Forrest Brown and Marnie Hunter contributed to this article.

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