Number of Travelers to Set All Time High for the Holiday

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (July 1, 2019) – For Virginians, the roads and airways are about to get very busy for the long holiday weekend. Record-breaking number of people, approximately 1.34 million, will be traveling to celebrate with friends and family for this long weekend. This represents a steady 6-year growth for travel in Virginia. More Virginians than ever will be flying this holiday, with a 5.5 percent increase from last year.  However, as usual, the majority will choose to travel by automobile for Independence Day with close to 1.2 million, a 4.8 percent increase from last year. When hitting the road, drivers need to remember that the worst time to travel will be Wednesday, July 3 in the late afternoon, and plan accordingly for delays or change their departure time. 

 

Gas Prices Remain Steady Heading into Independence Day

Gas Prices as of July 1, 2019

 

National

Virginia

Hamptons Roads

Richmond

Current

$2.72

$2.45

$2.44

$2.42

Last Month

$2.82

$2.55

$2.41

$2.55

Last Year

$2.85

$2.60

$2.59

$2.42

The good news for travelers is that gas prices remain lower than early last July as the holiday weekend approaches.   At $2.45 on average across the Commonwealth, prices are some of the lowest since Memorial Day when fuel averaged $2.58. 

 

AAA’s Advice to Arrive Safely 

AAA reminds drivers to add safety to their travel list by using seat belts for all passengers and reduce distractions in the vehicle on these very busy travel days.  AAA’s campaign to eliminate distracted driving encourages drivers “Don’t Drive Intoxicated, Don’t Drive Intexticated”. 

 

Distracted driving kills an average of 9 people and injures 1,000 each day in the United States(NHTSA) and is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. “With so many taking to the roads, we remind drivers to keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel and their minds on their driving.  We lose too many people to motor vehicle crashes each year.  Don’t become a statistic this holiday.” states Georjeane Blumling, Public Affairs Vice President for AAA Tidewater Virginia.

 

As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 330,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia.