More Texans To Drive This 4th of July Holiday

Weimar Motel, historic roadside lodging in Weimar, Texas. Photo by Gail Delaughter/KUHF

(Houston, TX — Gail Delaughter, KUHF) Following a trend that began during the Memorial Day weekend, AAA Texas says more Texans are planning to hit the road for the Independence Day holiday this year. The organization predicts close to three million Texans will travel at least 50 miles from home. That's nearly a five percent increase over last year's numbers.

AAA Texas Vice-President Rhonda Wilson says a lot of people are extending their vacations due to the the fact that Independence Day falls in the middle of the week. The holiday period this year is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8. Wilson says people are also encouraged to travel because of lower gas prices. Some stations in the Houston area are selling regular unleaded for as low as $2.89.

Of the three million Texans who will travel, 2.5 million are expected to drive to their destination. AAA Texas says the average traveler will make a round-trip of a little less than 1,000 miles and spend about $700 on transportation and travel.