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Fewer Americans Traveling this Fourth of July Weekend

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- If you have plans to travel this Fourth of July weekend, it appears you will have plenty of wiggle room on the roads.

AAA estimates that 39 million Americans will be traveling far (50 miles or more) this year, a 2.5 percent drop from last year's 40 million travelers.

More specifically, close to one million fewer drivers (32.8 million) will be on the road during this holiday weekend compared to the 33.7 million last year.  More Americans, however, will be traveling by plane this year, marking a nine percent jump from the Independence Day weekend of 2010.

The main reason behind the overall drop in travelers?  Gasoline prices.

"AAA is projecting a slight decline in the number of Independence Day travelers mainly due to fuel prices being approximately one dollar per gallon higher than last year," said Glen MacDonell, director, AAA Travel Services. "Increased fuel costs are also responsible for a shift in the demographics of the typical Independence Day traveler as higher prices impact lower income households more significantly."

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