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OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials with AAA Oklahoma are predicting a record number of travelers in the state over the Independence Day weekend.

AAA says 558,400 Oklahomans are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, which is up 1 percent from last year’s numbers. About 86 percent of the travelers will drive, 12 percent will fly and the rest will travel by other means, including trains and buses.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says travelers are taking advantage of low gas prices. A gallon of gas in Oklahoma is $2.09, down 48 cents from the same day last year.

Nationally, 43 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, breaking a joint record set last year and in 2007.