September 22, 2014

More people will travel this 4th of July holiday

Nebraska roadways will be busy as more people are expected to take to the roads this 4th of July holiday. Triple-A Nebraska’s Rose White says predictions show this will be the busiest 4th of July regarding travel since 2007.

AAA predicts that between Tuesday, July 3rd and Sunday the 8th, 42.3-million Americans will travel 50-miles ore more from home. That is up 5% from last year. Nearly 35-million will be traveling by car – or 84-percent of all travelers.

White says travelers will see much lower gas prices. The national average for self-serve unleaded is $3.32, down about 24-cents from a year ago. Nebraska’s prices are a bit higher averaging $3.41 a gallon for self-serve unleaded. White reminds drivers that ethanol blended fuel runs about 12-cents a gallon less.

White says lodging prices are up but car rental rates are down. Hotel rates are up about 9% from one year ago. Weekly-daily car rental rates will average about 40-dollars a night which is lower than what drivers were paying one year ago.