Travel prediction: Californians will still travel over the 4th despite high gas prices

Historically high gas prices across the country are not expected to hold people back from traveling for the Independence Day holiday.AAA predicts travel will reach 98% of pre-pandemic levels over the Fourth of July.“Despite high inflation, despite high gas prices people are still going to get out there and they’re still going to take their summer vacations,” said Aldo Vazquez, AAA Northern California spokesperson.“Our data is showing that more and more people are traveling this year than they did last year and an overwhelming majority of those folks are choosing to drive to their destinations despite how high these prices are,” he said.But some people KCRA 3 spoke with said they were hoping for a break from the high gas prices. “For everyday people, for the vast majority of people, this really stops them from having a quality of life,” driver Mary Ellen said. On Sunday night, state lawmakers reached an agreement on the framework of the 2022-23 budget, which included an “inflation relief” tax rebate payment for millions of Americans. The deal also suspends the state’s sales tax on diesel. | MORE | 23 million Californians to get ‘inflation relief’ payments after budget deal struck, state leaders sayThe framework includes giving 23 million Californians — a number that includes tax filers and their dependents — direct payments of up to $1,050. The payments would be issued via direct deposit refunds or debit cards to tax filers by late October, according to the Newsom administration.Those KCRA 3 spoke with, however, said that the rebate was not coming soon enough.“Too little too late. People need help and we’re not getting it,” driver Mike Taylor said. “It’s just kinda like a slap in the face that this petty gesture is supposed to make up for not only high gas prices, high food prices higher rents,” Quinn Hester said.AAA said its research shows people are reducing everyday spending — doing less day-to-day driving and cutting back on dining out — in an effort to save money for summer travel.

Historically high gas prices across the country are not expected to hold people back from traveling for the Independence Day holiday.

AAA predicts travel will reach 98% of pre-pandemic levels over the Fourth of July.

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“Despite high inflation, despite high gas prices people are still going to get out there and they’re still going to take their summer vacations,” said Aldo Vazquez, AAA Northern California spokesperson.

“Our data is showing that more and more people are traveling this year than they did last year and an overwhelming majority of those folks are choosing to drive to their destinations despite how high these prices are,” he said.

But some people KCRA 3 spoke with said they were hoping for a break from the high gas prices.

“For everyday people, for the vast majority of people, this really stops them from having a quality of life,” driver Mary Ellen said.

On Sunday night, state lawmakers reached an agreement on the framework of the 2022-23 budget, which included an “inflation relief” tax rebate payment for millions of Americans. The deal also suspends the state’s sales tax on diesel.

| MORE | 23 million Californians to get ‘inflation relief’ payments after budget deal struck, state leaders say

The framework includes giving 23 million Californians — a number that includes tax filers and their dependents — direct payments of up to $1,050. The payments would be issued via direct deposit refunds or debit cards to tax filers by late October, according to the Newsom administration.

Those KCRA 3 spoke with, however, said that the rebate was not coming soon enough.

“Too little too late. People need help and we’re not getting it,” driver Mike Taylor said.

“It’s just kinda like a slap in the face that this petty gesture is supposed to make up for not only high gas prices, high food prices higher rents,” Quinn Hester said.

AAA said its research shows people are reducing everyday spending — doing less day-to-day driving and cutting back on dining out — in an effort to save money for summer travel.

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