Travelers encounter high gas prices for July 4th

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - People planning on traveling this Fourth of July should expect company on the roads.

AAA is predicting an increase in the amount of travelers this year compared to last. The group says the majority of travelers will be taking cars.

Gas prices are at their highest point on Independence Day since 2008.

Typically gas prices fall leading up to the holiday weekend, but AAA says violence in Iraq is keeping oil prices high.

Right now, on average, Americans are paying 20 cents more a gallon than a year ago.

AAA says hotel rates are up between 9 percent and 15 percent.

Car rental prices are staying the same compared to a year ago at an average of $58.

While airfare has dropped slightly this year, travelers should keep their eyes on delays as Hurricane Arthur moves north.

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