Georgians Hiiting the Highway for the Fouth
Georgians are among those taking to the roads this upcoming holiday weekend.
Highways will be packed once again this July Fourth weekend, with 41 million Americans expected to travel at least 50 miles or more.
That's up about 2 percent from the 40.3 million who traveled during last year's Independence Day weekend, according to auto club AAA.
In Georgia, AAA expects 992,621 to hit the road and travel 50 or more miles from home over the holiday weekend. Another 85,615 will be traveling by plane and another 66,990 by other means.
The calendar is helping to push up the number of vacationers. The holiday falls on a Friday this year, making it an easy three-day weekend for many travelers.
Another factor cited by AAA in the expected uptick in travel is a "steady" improvement in the economy along with increased consumer spending and confidence.
As usual, the vast majority of travelers...85 percent... will be using their cars. Gas currently costs $3.68 a gallon, up nearly 13 cents from the same time last year. That means a family driving 200 miles on highways will pay about 75 cents more in total for their holiday gas this year.