AAA Cincinnati predicts record-breaking July 4th weekend trip

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – More than two million Ohioans will use the country’s roads and skies on Independence Day as travel volumes are expected to return almost completely to pre-pandemic levels.

Despite the highest gas prices in seven years, 95% of Ohio vacation trips will be by car.

1.9 million Ohioans are expected to travel to their destinations, the highest on record for this holiday and 1.3% more than the previous record set in 2019. Motorists have pushed that number down by nearly 19% compared to the pandemic holidays of July 4, 2020.

“Travel is in full swing this summer, as Americans eagerly seek out the travel opportunities they’ve been putting off for a year and a half,” said Jenifer Moore, AAA spokesperson. “We saw strong demand for travel around Memorial Day and early summer, and all indications now point to a busy Independence Day to follow.”

For the Great American Road Trip, the AAA has compiled our favorite trip planning resources, backed by over 100 years of proven road experience and expertise to help members prepare, safely and with confidence. , their trip.

Make sure your car is ready for a road trip

Before hitting the road, AAA reminds motorists to plan their route in advance and avoid a breakdown along the way by making sure their vehicle is ready. AAA expects to save more than 4,600 roadside Ohioans this Independence Day weekend.

Air travel and other modes of transportation

With more than 73,000 Ohioans planning to fly, air travel volumes on Independence Day will reach 82.8% of pre-pandemic levels, a 126% increase from last year.

An additional 27,495 Ohioans are expected to travel by other modes on Independence Day, an increase of over 45% from last year, but 83% less than in 2019. This includes bus travel and by train, as well as the return from the cruise. Cruise lines have announced the resumption of limited departures from US ports from the end of June.

For those making the personal decision to cruise, AAA reminds them that a travel advisor can offer advice on cancellation policies, what to expect on your cruise, and travel insurance options. to help protect your health and your travel investment before and during your vacation.

Where are Ohioans traveling for Independence Day holiday weekend?

AAA travel bookings indicate a strong recovery in summer travel. National parks, Phoenix and other parts of Arizona, as well as beaches along the east coast from Georgia to Maine are popular vacation destinations, according to local AAA travel advisers.

AAA offers the following tips for a safe and enjoyable Independence Day travel experience:

  • Use a travel counselor. They can help you make last-minute changes to your travel plans, explore travel insurance options, and plan a vacation that meets your needs and comfort level this summer.
  • Travel safely. For travelers who are not vaccinated but choose to travel, the CDC recommends that you practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands and get tested for COVID-19 before and after travel. Regardless of immunization status, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other public transportation to, within or outside the United States and at transportation hubs Americans such as airports and train stations.
  • Don’t drive intexted. Put the smartphone down or give it to a passenger while driving.
  • Slow down, move. Move! Watch out for construction workers and first aiders on the roads.
  • If you are traveling by plane. Check the status of your flight before you leave for the airport. Consider signing up for your airline’s SMS alerts or mobile apps for the latest flight information.
  • Stay informed. While the CDC advises fully vaccinated people to travel to the country at low risk for themselves, it’s important to keep in mind that some local and state travel restrictions may still remain in place. Travelers can refer to the AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map and for the latest information to help them plan their trip.

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