KCBS_740 WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s going to be a busy holiday weekend on the nation’s highways.

Triple-A estimates a record 43 million Americans will be traveling this Independence Day weekend. That would top the record first set in 2007 and matched last year.

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An overwhelming majority of those travelers, more than 84 percent, will be driving, putting some 36 million people on the roads.

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Gas prices remain relatively low. Triple-A puts the nationwide average at $2.31 per gallon, some 47 cents less than a year ago. Those lower prices along with strong consumer confidence and a generally healthy U.S. economy have led more families to take trips this summer.

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The travel group estimates that U.S. drivers have saved $20 billion on gasoline so far this year compared to the same period last year.