July 4's Here--Where Aren't You Going?

July 2, 2008


July 4 weekend is here, almost--but more of you will be staying home for cookouts and fireworks than in years past.

CNN's the latest news outlet to report that drivers are damping their holiday expectations, thanks to $4-a-gallon gas. The network says 31 percent of us have shortened or canceled holiday plans due to the run-up in fuel prices. Their new survey comes a few weeks after the AAA predicted a 1.3 percent drop in the number of drivers set to hit the highways for the extended weekend.

AAA says that 40 million folks will be going somewhere over the long weekend, but CNN reports that with gas hitting a record $4.09 a gallon on Wednesday, bigger changes are coming to driving habits--and more of us are affected by them. CNN's survey of drivers also found that 78 percent of rural, 73 percent of suburban, and 61 percent of urban drivers have been impacted by gas prices, and almost three-quarters of those polled are making changes to cut their gas bill.

Do these numbers sound familiar? Tell us in a comment if you've junked your vacation due to gas prices, and what you'll be doing instead.

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