All across the country, Americans will be gathering at parks, beaches and in back yards for barbeques, parades and other outdoor fun. But at least one credible source predicts a decrease in holiday travel this Fourth of July.
According to AAA, the number of people traveling will fall roughly 2 percent, compared with 2008. Experts attribute the decrease to a weakened economy and higher gas prices.
It's the continuation of a trend that began last year, when 38 million people traveled at least 50 miles from home to celebrate. This represented a 10 percent decrease from 2007.
This year, AAA predicts:
- 27 million people will travel by car or plane. The number of people traveling by car will fall by 3 percent, although car rentals are expected to rise 5 percent.
- Air travel will represent only 5 percent of Independence Day travel, marking a 4.9 percent increase from last year.
- Airfare will fall roughly 16 percent this year. On average, passengers will pay about $169 per ticket.
- Between air travel and car travel combined, there will be approximately 2 percent fewer people traveling this year for Independence Day.
Of course, fewer vehicles on the roadways means less of a chance of an accident. But that doesn't mean drivers should let their guard down.
Those who get behind the wheel should stay alert, espeically if driving long hours, great distances or late into the night. Always use a safety belt and encourage all passengers to do the same.
Finally, and perhaps most obviously, never drink and drive. Local and state police often beef up drunken driving patrols for holiday weekends and even set up checkpoints at times.
Despite the numbers, the potential for a serious car accident and injury is always present. Leave your home early, take your time, get to your destination safely and enjoy the fireworks!
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact the experienced Indiana accident attorneys at Keller & Keller. We can provide you with a free consultation.