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Rising gas prices not deterring many drivers this July 4 weekend


Holiday travel is expected to rebound - big time - over the  July 4 holiday weekend. That's according to Elizabeth Carey, of the AAA of Western and Central New York who said the auto club is projecting that travel will be up by 40% compared to a year ago.

``AAA expects 47.7 million people to travel for the Independence Day holiday weekend. So travel volume is expected to fully recover, just about to those pre-pandemic levels, Carey said."

And that likely means dealing with traffic jams in some of the typically busy cities and highways.

Triple-A spokesperson April Engram advises traveling outside peak times, such as early in the day or in the evening, or find alternate routes.

And pack some patience. ``Coming out of this pandemic we're seeing more cars on the road again and that's something we haven't experienced in a while so just (try) to remain calm and patient on the roads, " Engram said.

Triple-A's Dispatch Manager, Dan Fisher said that if you are stuck in a traffic jam, roll down the windows and turn off the air conditioner to help conserve as much fuel as you can.

But it appears the highest gas prices in 7 years aren't going to deter travelers this weekend. In the Rochester area, the Triple-A said the average price for regular unleaded is about $3.16 per gallon, compared to $2.21 a year ago.

The AAA said that demand for gasoline is on the rise as schools have wrapped up and summer travel is in full swing.

Alex Crichton is host of All Things Considered on WXXI-AM 1370. Alex delivers local news, weather and traffic reports beginning at 4 p.m. each weekday.