Hitting the road for July 4th

In this Thursday, May 19, 2016, photo, traffic flows out of downtown Atlanta on the Interstate 75/85 Connector, in Atlanta. More people are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road for the July 4, 2017, weekend. Auto club AAA predicts that 44.2 million people will travel over the holiday period, most of them by car, up 2.9 percent over a year earlier. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(NBC News) Motorists gassing up for the upcoming July 4th weekend are in for a pleasant surprise.

Gas prices are about five cents a gallon lower now than last year.

“Typically, heading into the summer, we see prices rise but that hasn’t been the case for 2017,” notes AAA’s Tamra Johnson.

And gas isn’t the only thing travelers will find cheaper this year. Airfares are down ten percent, and rental cars are 14-percent less.

Johnson says that’s the reason AAA is predicting a record year for get-aways around the 4th.

“We are expecting about 44 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season,” she says.

37 million of those will be driving.

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