AAA Carolinas is predicting fewer North Carolinians to travel during this Fourth of July week compared to last year.
One reason for the prediction, according to Angela Vogel Daley, spokesperson for AAA Carolinas is Independence Day is on a Thursday.
“When it falls on a Thursday, many people have to come back to work on Friday, and so you do see fewer people traveling.”
Gas prices are also higher than the 2012 Fourth travel period, “We actually had our low for the year last year on July Fourth at $3.18 a gallon. This year, it’s at $3.44, which is eight percent higher than last year, so that definitely makes a difference as far as road travel.”
This week’s Independence Day travel period will still bring a lot of travelers out and AAA reminds drivers to use caution on the roads and never drink and drive.