Floridians Ready To Hit The Road For July 4 – CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – Independence Day travel is expected to increase by 36% this year, with nearly 2.6 million Floridians planning trips for the holiday weekend, according to the AAA Auto Club.

The surge comes after many people stayed home in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While all modes of transport are expected to increase this year, AAA estimates that more than 90% of people will drive to their destination by car.

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In Florida, gasoline prices will be at a seven-year high, with motorists expected to pay an average of $ 2.98 for regular unleaded gasoline.

That’s 11 cents more than last month and 95 cents more than a year ago.

But AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said higher gas prices wouldn’t stop Florida from taking a summer vacation.

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“So many people have spent more time at home in the past year than probably ever before,” said Jenkins. “Now is the time for people to be intent on just getting out there and just doing something. Often they don’t care what it is. They just want to be able to do something. So we suggest that higher gas prices will not be a deterrent. “

The busiest days are expected to be Thursday and Friday.

The number of people flying on the weekend of July 4th is projected to hit 90% of pre-pandemic levels.

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