NEBRASKA – Across the nation there will be record level numbers with nearly 49 million Americans taking trips of 50 miles or more away from home during the five-day holiday period.
According to a release from AAA, this is the highest level since the group has been tracking holiday travel 19 years ago. Independence Day is Thursday, July 4.
AAA predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion in the major metro areas on Wednesday, July 3 as commuters mix with holiday travelers. Other stats: 41.4 million will travel by car (84.7%), 3.9 million by plane (8.1%) and 3.5 million by train, boat, rail or other (7.2%).
Factors driving the increase include favorable gas prices, low unemployment, robust consumer spending and rising disposable incomes.
AAA expects to rescue nearly 367,000 motorists at the roadside this Independence Day holiday. Dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts will be the leading reasons for car trouble.
AAA also recommends motorists take their vehicles to a trusted mechanic before any long distance drive vacation.
For those venturing out this holiday period should plan on staying up to day on the latest bridge and road closures by visiting 511.nebraska.org; 511ia.org and modot.org (Missouri) following the March flooding.
As of Monday, the national fuel price average is down 14 cents at $2.71 a gallon and Nebraska is 17 cents lower than the national average at $2.54 a gallon. With crude prices climbing and the increase in demand over the July 4th holiday period, travelers can expect to see fuel prices on the rise. During the past month, crude has risen from a low of $51 a barrel to recently $60 a barrel.
Some fuels outlets located in the flood impacted areas may still be closed, so make sure to keep an eye on fuel levels.
As of June 28, 105 people have lost their lives on Nebraska roadways.
- 11 were motorcycle riders;
- 7 were pedestrians