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This Fourth will have most motorists in eight years


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HITTING THE ROAD: If you're driving this Fourth of July, you'll have a lot of company. Be prepared, says AAA.

There will be 41.9 million Americans journeying 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day, the most since 2007 and a 0.7 percent increase from the 41.6 million people who traveled last year, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1, to Sunday, July 5.

"Rising income, driven by a strong employment market, is prompting more Americans to travel this holiday weekend," said Jennifer Cook, AAA Washington Spokesperson. "Independence Day gas prices are expected to be the lowest in at least five years, a welcome sign for the 35.5 million people planning a holiday road trip."

Nearly 85 percent of travel...

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