Did you know that Independence Day Weekend is the most traveled weekend of summer? We’ve spent a lot of time monitoring gas prices at the beginning and end of the annual summer driving season on this blog, however, we’ve haven’t really focused on driving habits for Independence Day Weekend. For 2016, the holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, June 30th to Monday, July 4th.
AAA projects that 43 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend, the highest Fourth of July travel volume on record and a half-million more travelers than last year. Of the 43 million travelers on the road, 36.3 million persons are expected to travel by car and 3.34 million by air in the U.S.
Whether you are on the road or just doing some local driving, here’re the national averages for a gallon of the three most common grades of gasoline and diesel fuel:
Source: AAA Fuel Gauge Report
Regular (87) – $2.278
Mid-grade (89) – $2.542
Premium (91) – $2.777
Diesel – $2.372
These are some of the lowest fuel prices that U.S. consumers have seen in almost 11 years. Therefore, if the roads seemed a bit more crowded than usual, they probably are.
Happy Independence Day! Be careful and drive safely.