Triple-A: High Gas Prices Hurt Holiday Travel Numbers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 25, 2007

8.9 million Californians sounds like a lot – and if you’re stuck in traffic right now, you’d probably say it’s too much.  But that figure is just two-tenths of a percent higher than last year.  And when you consider the state’s population growth, says Triple-A spokeswoman Cynthia Harris, it’s a miniscule increase.
Harris: “Normally you’ll see from year to year a 3, 4, 5 percent increase in travel in a normal, healthy year.” 
So why the drop?
Harris: “We’re attributing this to unprecedented high gas prices and an increase in travel expenses that have definitely impacted the way people travel.” 
Harris says Californians are still hitting the roads.  But they’re taking shorter trips – both in distance and length.