Less of us driving this weekend

Item by Chris Graham
freepress2@ntelos.net

Less of us Virginia types will be traveling long distances this Fourth of July holiday. Big surprise, right, given gas prices topping out around $4 a gallon?

“Fewer Virginians will be traveling this July 4th holiday due to soaring gas prices, higher airfares coupled with fewer flights and seats, and general concerns about the economy,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson Windy VanCuren said.

More than 1 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend, AAA projects. That’s a decrease of 3 percent from the July 4th weekend in 2007.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Virginia is $3.98 as of this morning. It was $2.82 a gallon a year ago.

“Despite the decrease, however, a significant number of Virginians will still travel this holiday. Over 13 percent of the Commonwealth’s population will be celebrating the July 4th holiday away from home,” Van Curen said.


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