the holiday weekend. The 5.8 percent increase represents 75,000 more travelers than last year. Automobiles: U.S. – 39.7 million will take a road trip – a 5.1 percent increase from last year.
Georgia – Over 1.2 million Georgians will take a road trip. The 5.7 percent increase represents nearly 65,000 more Georgians who will be on the road. Planes: U.S. – A record-breaking 3.8 million people will travel by air, a 7.9 percent increase and the ninth year of consecutive air travel volume increases.
Georgia – 105,000 Georgians will fly to their destination(s). The 7.4 percent increase represents 7,100 more air travelers than last year.
Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships:
U.S. – Travel across these sectors will increase by 5.8 percent to a total of 3.5 million passengers.
Georgia – 78,000 Georgians will travel via train, bus, and/or cruise. The 5.6 percent increase represents a growth of 4000 more passengers than last year.
Gas prices moving lower into
Motorists will find the most expensive Independence Day gas prices in 3-4 years. Last year’s holiday, the average price was $2.07 in Georgia and $2.23 nationwide. On July 4, 2015, gas prices averaged $2.65 in Georgia and $2.77 nationwide. During the 2014 holiday, a gallon of regular averaged $3.57 in Georgia and $3.66 nationwide.
On Wednesday, prices at the pump averaged $2.73 in Georgia and $2.88 nationwide. Fortunately, fuel prices are falling. Since peaking at $2.97 Memorial Day weekend, the national average declined 9 cents.
“Declining gas prices will
give Americans one more reason to celebrate this Independence Day,” said Garrett Townsend, Public Affairs Director- GA, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “After paying some of the highest gas prices in more than three years, this break couldn’t come at a better time, as Americans prepare for the most-traveled holiday of the summer.”
Drivers beware: Terrible Tuesday
INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the worst congestion over the holiday week on Tuesday, July 3 in the late afternoon – as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Travel times could increase two-fold in the major metros across the U.S., with drivers in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. experiencing the most significant delays.
“With a record-level number of travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays around major metros,” says Scott Sedlik, general manager and vice president - public sector, INRIX. “Although travel times are expected to nominally increase throughout the week, Tuesday afternoon will hands down be the worst time to be on the road. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commuting hours altogether or consider alternative routes.”