According to The Topeka Capitol Journal, AAA projects that traffic on the Fourth of July will increase in Kansas. In the west north central region, which includes Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the company projects that about 3.2 million people will travel at lease 50 miles from home. This prediction would mean a 0.7 percent increase from last year.
Nationwide, approximately 41 million people will travel, and about 85 percent of them will drive. That marks the highest volume of drivers for Independence Day since 2007. Also, about 7.6percent of travelers will go by air, which marks the highest percentage since 2004.
The AAA report considers the Fourth of July weekend this year as lasting from Wednesday to Sunday. Projections are made through surveys of about 50,000 households, overall economic conditions, and the cost of gasoline, airline tickets, and hotel stays.