Holiday Travel this Fourth of July Could Set New Records

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When we think of the busiest holiday travel times Christmas and Thanksgiving usually come to mind, but not this year. According to AAA the Fourth of July weekend could see more travelers than ever before.

It’s estimated that more than 40 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home over the long weekend, despite skyrocketing gas prices.

When we head to the pumps this weekend we'll be paying on average, roughly 24-cents a gallon more than last year.

So will rising gas prices cause us to hit the brakes on our travel plans? Mobil gas station’s acting manager Brian Prinner doesn’t think so and travelers agree high gas prices aren't going to be a roadblock. Natealle Medina plans to take her family to Chicago.

“It’s definitely expensive. It cost me like $30 to fill my tank but you got to have it so what are you going to do?” says Medina.

And Medina won't be the only one racking up the miles.

“Going down to Decatur to travel a bit. Gas prices don't bother met. They go up and down," says Leland Morris

While we have no control over gas prices there are some things we can do to get better mileage.

“Tire pressure first thing. Make sure your tires are properly inflated," says Blas Serrano, manager of Buttita Brothers.

We can also slow down. Speeding not only wastes gas but it also costs money. For each mile per hour you drive over 60 mph you'll pay an extra 10 cents per gallon.

Rapidly speeding up or slowing down can also curb your gas mileage by as much as 33 percent at highway speeds.

“If you're driving aggressively cruise control would be the thing to use,” says Serrano.

But most importantly remember to drive safe this holiday weekend. July 4 is the deadliest driving day on our roadways, July 3 is second.