High gas prices won’t deter travelers this July 4th

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SAN DIEGO – Despite higher gas prices, Southern California travelers are expected to hit the road in big numbers this three-day holiday weekend.

A forecast by the Auto Club of Southern California predicts that 2.88 million Southern Californians will travel for the Fourth of July weekend, a 1.5% increase over last year.

Gas-pump-2The Auto Club attributes the increase to higher confidence among travelers in their finances and a greater willingness to add on credit card debt.

The increase in Southern California travelers this year is slightly lower than the 1.9% increase that AAA predicted for July 4th vacationers nationwide.

“With the holiday on Friday, travelers also have a greater number of options this year to take either a short three-day getaway or a longer trip,” said Filomena Andre, the Auto Club’s vice president for travel products and services.

Gasoline prices are expected to reach an average of $4.20 a gallon in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area, the highest average since the Fourth of July weekend of 2008, when the average price was $4.60, the Auto Club said.

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