AAA's Free Tipsy Tow Service to Greet Record Number of July 4th Oklahoma Travelers

June 28, 2017 – July 4th travel will be as hot as a firecracker, AAA predicts, with record numbers traveling in Oklahoma and the nation.

 

Motorists who feel unsafe behind the wheel after drinking are encouraged to call for a free AAA Tipsy Tow starting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 3 until 4 a.m. Wednesday, July 5 in metro Tulsa, metro Oklahoma City, Ardmore, Bartlesville, Shawnee, Enid, Tahlequah, Muskogee and Lawton.

 

AAA Oklahoma will give the motorist a ride home – along with the vehicle – at no charge within a 15-mile radius from point of pickup. Call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and say, “I need a Tipsy Tow.” The service is open to AAA members and non-members alike.

 

Independence Day 2017 Travel – By The Numbers:

 

Total number of Oklahomans traveling over the July 4th weekend – 571,000 (a record)

Amount higher than the total number who traveled one year ago – 2.3%

Number of Oklahomans driving – 490,100

Amount higher than last year – 2.1%

Number of Oklahomans flying – 70,800

Amount higher than last year – 5.7%

(Remainder of travel will be done by cruise ship, train or bus)

 

Total number of Americans traveling over the July 4th weekend – 44.2 million (a record)

Amount higher than the total number who traveled one year ago – 2.9%

Number of Americans driving – 37.5 million

Amount higher than last year – 2.9%

Number of Americans flying – 3.44 million

Amount higher than last year – 4.6%

(Remainder of travel will be done by cruise ship, train or bus)

 

Oklahoma gasoline price average today (June 28, 2017) – $1.96

Amount lower than the OK gas price average on June 28, 2016 – 13 cents

 

U.S. gasoline price average today (June 28, 2017) – $2.25

Amount lower than the national gas price average on June 28, 2016 – 5 cents 

 

Airfares (top 40 domestic routes) – 10% lower this year

Average roundtrip airfare – $186  

 

Daily car rental rates – 14% lower this year

Average daily car rental rates – $65

 

Daily hotel room rates – unchanged from last year

Average AAA Three Diamond-rated daily hotel room rate – $185

 

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2017 Independence Day holiday travel forecast is available here.

AAA (AAA.com) provides automotive, travel and insurance services to 57 million members in North America and more than 400,000 members in Oklahoma. The auto club advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization, AAA works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit AAA.com/mobile.

     

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