How to Prepare for 4th of July Weekend Traffic

Whether you’re traveling to a family barbecue or cross-country for a long weekend vacation, stay safe on the road with these tips.

This week, Americans across the nation will be putting on their patriotic outfits and celebrating Independence Day with friends and family. Unfortunately, along with the revelry comes extra traffic headaches!

According to AAA, 49 million people — or 14.8 percent of the population and up 4.1% over last year — are making travel plans, and most will travel by car. The organization says 41.4 million travelers (the most on record for the holiday and 4.3% more than last year) will join members of the trucking industry on the highways.

The Independence Day holiday travel period is Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7. The best times to leave are the early mornings. Travel on the morning of the actual holiday on the 4th of July is usually quieter than other times. The busiest time on the roadways will be Wednesday afternoon, July 3 as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

Put some extra patience under your hood, be on alert for all sorts of bad drivers, and be sure to give yourself plenty of extra time to get safely to and from your destination, whether it’s for work or pleasure.  Happy 4th of July! 

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