2.9 Million Texans Plan 4th Of July Travel
by: Jack Williams and Ed Mayberry, July 1, 2013 8:07:00 am
AAA Texas issues estimates each year predicting the travel habits of Texans during the Fourth of July holiday period.
"AAA Texas forecasts that 2.9 million Texans will be traveling for the Fourth of July weekend — 2.9 million Texans traveling 50 miles or more away from home during the Independence Day holiday."
Doug Shupe with AAA Texas says because the Fourth falls on a Thursday, the holiday period is a bit longer than usual.
"Now we look at that Independence Day holiday travel period as a five-day period from Wednesday, July 3rd to Sunday, July 7th."
AAA says cars are still the most economical way to travel, and the majority of Texans — around 89 percent — will drive.
"We anticipate 2.4 million people will be driving to their destinations. About 257,000 people will be flying, and then about 210,000 will be going by trains, buses, or taking cruise ships."
Shupe says the survey also looks into the average number of miles people will travel, and how much they will spend.
"According to our survey, Texans will be traveling an average of 966 miles round-trip during Independence Day holiday. And families will spend on average $908 during the Fourth of July weekend."
AAA Texas says recent declines in gas prices may have encouraged more people to travel. Prices in Texas have fallen by a nickel a gallon to an average of $3.38 per gallon.