AAA: West, Southeast Busiest Motoring Areas This Weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Fourth of July will be the busiest summer weekend of the year for motorists - with 30.4 million people expected to drive on a trip away from home.
The American Automobile Association said traffic snarls and slowdowns would put a damper on travel in some areas, with the West and Southeast expected to be the busiest.
AAA estimates that 4 million to 6 million more motorists will be on the road this weekend than during the Memorial Day weekend.
″The Fourth of July is a time when people come together for family reunions and summer travel,″ said Lynda Gwynn, director of travel agency services for AAA Florida. ″It’s summer vacation time, too, because the kids are out of school.″
A growing trend toward shorter vacations spun around a long weekend also may spark travel on the Fourth, said Ms. Glynn.
The No. 1 travel area in the country will be the West, where 7 million are expected on the roads. Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are next with 6.7 million motorists.
Holiday projections for air travelers were not as strong.
AAA predicted 3.4 million would take planes, trains or buses this weekend, an 8 percent decrease from last year. The decline was attributed to higher airfares.
Airlines have been offering discounts of up to 30 percent, but the prices started higher and aren’t nearly as cheap as last summer’s half-off sale. The 30 percent discounts, which were first offered June 19, are good all summer as long as tickets are bought by Tuesday.