AAA says travel volumes are expected to nearly fully recover to pre-pandemic levels.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Despite the highest gas prices in 7 years, more than 43 million Americans are expected to hit the road for the Fourth of July weekend.

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AAA says more than 47 million Americans will travel this weekend, and more than 91% of holiday travel will be done by car.

While the national gas price average is on the rise, AAA says prices in western Pennsylvania are staying steady at $3.24 per gallon this week.

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According to AAA, 89% of gas stations are selling regular unleaded for $2.75 or more. That’s a “stark increase” compared to last year when only 25% of stations were selling gas for more than $2.25.

The reason for the rise in gas prices? AAA blames it on three things: confidence in a worldwide vaccine rollout, global oil demand spikes and easing restrictions leading to more travel.

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Travel volumes are expected to nearly fully recover to pre-pandemic levels, AAA says, with an increase of almost 40% compared to last year when only 34.2 million people hit the roads and took to the skies.