Connecticut drivers should expect packed highways this weekend

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MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — If you are planning a road trip this holiday weekend, you are not alone. AAA estimates 36 million Americans will be driving over 4th of July weekend, which is a big jump over last year.

Why the surge this year?

We are all paying less and less at the gas pumps. The cost of a gallon of regular in Connecticut is almost 50 cents cheaper than it was a year ago.

AAA says the reason for that is supply and demand. We’re done with that tricky time in the late spring, when refineries go down for maintenance, and then switch to the summer blend of gas. That always keeps supply down around Memorial Day.

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Currently, crude oil is cheap, and there is plenty of it; so even though we are at the height of summer driving season, the supply is keeping up with demand.

As a result, AAA believes there will be 1.2% more drivers on the road than last year.

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“Now, closer to home, there’s about 15 million folks in New England,” said AAA Connecticut Spokesperson Fran Mayko. “Of that number, 2 million will be driving somewhere in the New England region, so buckle your seat belts, folks.”

Speaking of inserting the metal end of your seat belt into the buckle until it clicks, more people will be flying this weekend as well. AAA says 2.2% more than last year. With the TSA‘s staffing troubles, and additional security after the Instanbul attacks, keep that in mind if you’re heading to the airport.

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