A record number of Americans plan to travel over the Independence Day holiday weekend. With a little advance planning, it can be a cheap road trip.
An estimated 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home between Friday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 4, according to AAA. Most — 37.5 million — will be driving.
Their first stop: a gas station.
The Friday of Independence Day weekend is the biggest day for buying gas, with spending up 27 percent compared to the daily average in July, according to Bank of America. Average spending per fill up in 2016 was $28. (The bank looked at aggregated data from more than 40 million credit and debit card users over the 2016 holiday.)