Nick Jarmusz, spokesman for AAA-Nebraska, says the motor club survey indicates it could be a summer vacation weekend like never before.
“This is going to be the biggest Independence Day holiday travel period that we have on record,” Jarmusz says. “Nearly 47-million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home during the six-day stretch around the holiday.”
That travel forecast is up five-percent from last year. Based on the survey, the highways across Nebraska and nationwide will be exceptionally busy.
“The vast majority are going to be traveling by car,” Jarmusz says. “It’s still a road trip auto weekend, although we are expecting quite a few air travelers, in fact, quite a few more air travelers than typical. We’re expecting an 8% increase in the number of folks who are traveling by air.”
Even higher gasoline prices aren’t keeping people home for the holiday. Pump prices are the most expensive they’ve been in several years.
“For the state of Nebraska, the average price of regular unleaded gasoline is about $2.78 a gallon,” Jarmusz says. “Compared to last year, that is a little higher. We were at $2.17 last year, but if you go back to 2014, we were at $3.56.”
The national average is $2.87, almost a dime a gallon higher than in Nebraska.
July Third is already being referred to as Terrible Tuesday as the motor club predicts heavy traffic congestion in the late afternoon as commuters leaving work early mix with holiday travelers.