AAA Expects Record Travel Numbers For The 4th

Wednesday, June 27th 2007, 2:30 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A record number of people are expected to travel for the coming Fourth of July holiday. AAA Oklahoma says even with the 4th falling on a Wednesday this year 498,500 Oklahomans are expected to go at least 50 miles from home for the holiday. That's a 2.2% increase over 2006.

Nearly 440,000 of those will be traveling by car and 55,500 by air. The rest will be traveling by bus, rail or other means.

Nationwide, AAA estimates a record $41.4 million Americans will be traveling.

Almost 38% will be leaving on Friday or before while more than 17% are planning to start their trip on Saturday.

Those driving will find the cost of gas is down from a month ago but higher than last year.

The average in Oklahoma is $2.89 for a gallon of self-serve regular and the average nationwide is $2.98.