Record Numbers Expected On The Roads This Summer

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- It's the first official weekend of summer travel and that means a lot of folks could be hitting the roads.

Gas prices have been fairly stable, but as we head into the busy travel season, Mary Maguire with AAA Northeast, says those prices might start going up. 

The reason: supply and demand.

" We could be looking at prices perhaps turning around again it remains to be seen," Maguire said.

And  with Fourth of July weekend coming up up travelers  will have plenty of company on the roads which will Maguire says attributes to the costs.

AAA predicts a record travel numbers -- that with a robust economy, Americans are ready, willing and able to hit the roads.

"Even the fact we're already seeing record high demand already so far in June the fact that July 4th is around the corner, we're going to see healthy travel volume which really will drive demand up further," she said. 

It is predicted that a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than 5 percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Carl Stevens reports.

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