Drivers prepare to hit roads for July 4th holiday

The Fourth of July hits this year in the middle of the week, but that's not stopping travelers.

Gasoline prices in the United States are now at their lowest levels in almost six months. Also, there is a lot of pent-up demand for vacations.

AAA expects nearly 42 million Americans to go at least 50 miles from home this Fourth of July holiday.

That's a five percent increase from last year.

Clay Ingram with AAA of Alabama says, as good as the lower price at the pump sounds, fuel costs don't have that much of an impact on a family's vacation budget.

"Most people that are traveling on family vacation, their gasoline expense is a relatively small portion of their overall vacation expense," says Ingram.{} "Certainly when gas prices are down, that keeps you from putting quite as much money in your gas tank, but it's usually not a deal breaker one way or the other."

You can go to the fuel price finder on AAA's website to see just how much fuel will cost for your trip.{} There's also a fuel cost calculator to determine the estimated cost of your trip. Just enter the year and make of your vehicle, then your starting point and destination.

You do not have to be a member to use the site.