Summer Travel Trends

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Every driver knows by now that gas prices are at record highs. Even before the summer travel season begins many drivers say they are changing their habits behind the wheel.

“I watch what I do here in Lincoln more. I mean I do what I have to do going to work in Omaha. But I try not to do extra trips here,” said Lynne Nevin.

Whether or not the majority of Americans will limit their driving once summer hits is debatable. The AAA says vacation travel will be up 3.4 percent from last year over the Memorial Day holiday. But a survey by the National Retail Federation finds one third of consumers plan to trim or halt travel because of rising gas prices.

“Well if gas prices don’t go down by Memorial weekend there’s no way I can afford three or four road trips of which I like to do in the summer time,” said Lucy Timmerman.

All of the drivers we spoke with say they will miss out on some summer fun because they can’t afford to travel by car.

“My family lives in St. Louis so every summer we try to go down there. I don’t know how we’re going to make it down there,” said Bobbie Windele.

The AAA estimates than an 800 mile trip in a family sized car will only cost about $20 more than it did a year ago. That’s if prices stay at about $2 a gallon.