WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - It may be a long ride for certain Westchester County motorists looking to take advantage of the holiday weekend.
With gas prices remaining low, AAA New York expects a record 43 million Americans to travel in their cars between Thursday, July 1 and Independence Day on Monday, which will lead to heavily congested roadways for travelers.
Citing lower gas prices - the national average for a gallon of gas is $2.28, nearly 50 cents less than a year ago - and a markedly improved national economy, AAA is expecting the busiest holiday season in a decade.
Last year, it is estimated that less than 42 million people travelled throughout the nation. In total, AAA has estimated that 84 percent of holiday travelers - more than 36 million people - will drive to their Fourth of July destinations, a 1.2 percent increase from a year ago. In total, just 7 percent of travelers are expected to fly this holiday weekend.
In Westchester, motorists will pay an average of $2.43 per gallon of regular fuel, two cents less than last month and a decided decrease from last year’s average of $2.95. Prices are expected to rise slightly during the busy summer driving season before prices drop this fall when refineries switch to the less expensive winter blend of gasoline.
“We are well on our way for 2016 to be a record-breaking year for summertime travel,” AAA President Marshall Doney stated. “This trend is welcome news for the travel industry and a sign that Americans are taking to our nation’s highways and skies like never before.”
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