This Fourth of July weekend is projected to have the highest rate of travel since 2010.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 4.8 million California residents are expected to be traveling 50 miles or more from home during this year’s holiday weekend.
According to the latest AAA travel survey conducted by IHS Global Insight, this is a 0.5 percent increase from 2014.
AAA Northern California spokesperson Cynthia Harris said in a statement:
“Overall, Californians are traveling in record numbers, driven by a stronger economy and rising income.”
Despite the recent spikes in fuel prices, AAA projects that approximately 3.8 million California residents plan to drive to their holiday destinations, a 0.4 percent increase from last year.
Air travel is also expected to go up this year, with a 1.8 percent increase from 2014. In addition, during this summer holiday season airfares are expected to increase by 6 percent, according to the AAA Leisure Travel Index.
However, other modes of transportation such as train, bus, and watercraft are expected to experience a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to last year.