Cynthia Harris is with AAA of Northern California.
She says the decline in holiday automobile travel is a trend that started on Memorial Day of 2008.
“So this does show that people are very concerned about their personal economy, also about the joblessness rate and not knowing what will happen throughout the rest of the year. High gas prices are also a factor. And so all of this combined has set this trend in motion.”
Harris says there is one bright spot - more people will be flying this weekend. Air travel is up two-percent over last year. She credits good deals on airfares.
The automobile and travel association says nationwide, 37 million people plan to travel 50 miles or more over the July 4th weekend, a 2% decrease from last year.