Travelers Still Putting On Miles Despite Rising Gas Prices

Littleton (AP) Despite rising gas prices, a record number of Americans plan on driving to vacation destinations for the Fourth of July Weekend. The energy department says that the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas is now $2.21, an increase of more than 29 cents since last year.

AAA is predicting that 40.3 million people will travel 50 miles or more this weekend, which is a 2.8% increase over last year. About 84% of those people will be driving.

Cathy Keefe, spokeswoman for the Travel Industry Association of America, says the increase in gas prices isn't enough for people to cancel their travel plans. She says the average round trip of about 800 miles will set the average traveler back an additional $30.

The news comes just after the cost of crude oil hit a record
$60.

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