JAMESTOWN – AAA is predicting a record number of July Fourth drivers, despite gas prices hitting a record earlier this month.

The group predicts 42 million Americans, more than ever before, will take a road trip of 50 miles or more.

The national average per gallon on Monday stood at four dollars and 98 cents, that’s just pennies off the high of five dollars and two cents reached a week earlier.

While AAA says travel demand is “not tapering off” despite the higher expenses, fewer Americans will be flying to their destinations, only about seven percent due to spikes in airfare.

The cost for a plane ticket is reportedly about 14-percent more expensive than it was last year.