- Meg Jacobs: because fuel is cheap, record high number of Americans will drive this holiday weekend
- Dominance of car culture and lack of leadership on energy policy hurt our nation, she writes
Meg Jacobs teaches history and public affairs at Princeton University. She is the author of a new book, "Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s" (Hill and Wang). Unless otherwise noted, facts included here reflect that book's research. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. Follow her on Twitter @MegJacobs100.
(CNN)This Independence Day, according to the American Automobile Association, Americans will set a new record: more than 43 million Americans will travel during the holiday weekend. Because of low fuel prices, Americans are taking to the roads -- 84% of those travelers (more than 36 million Americans) will be driving to their holiday destinations.