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Car Rental News - 29/06/2009


AAA predicts that many Americans will stay at home on July 4th to save money

Everyone knows that travelling during big holidays can be a real hassle due to traffic jams, queues and crowds. However, it would seem that those who usually stay at home on July 4th won’t have to worry this year as getting around should be relatively easy.

The AAA are predicting that around 37.1 American’s will travel 70 kilometres or more during the holiday weekend. Although this may seem like a lot, the figure is actually nearly two million less than last year’s figure, which totally 37.8.

Robert L. Darbelnet, AAA president and CEO said in a CNN interview: "Many Americans remain cautious about the outlook for their personal finances, and these attitudes are reflected in the slight decline in travel we are forecasting for the upcoming holiday weekend. If you can afford to go, this summer is a smart time to travel.”

The majority of the travel cutbacks are expected to be on air travel, which has already seen significant losses this year as people try their best to save money in the currently unstable economic situation.

However, if you do have money to spare, now is the perfect time to take a flight across the country to visit relative as airports shouldn’t crowded and they’ll be plenty of vacant seats on airplanes to allow passengers to stretch out. Bon voyage.

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