Cheap gas means more are expected to drive on holiday

CampingAmid layoffs and foreclosures and the gloom of stubborn recession, the AAA motor club says the summer kickoff holiday will see a 3-percent increase in road trips across the nation. For North Carolina, the rise in holiday traffic could be as much as 5 percent.

Inexpensive gas is part of the reason. Even after pump prices spurted 18 cents higher last week, we’re still paying about $1.50 a gallon less than we did this time in 2008.

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