Fourth Of July travel numbers expected to break records

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Travel continues to rebound after a year long pandemic and AAA expects this Fourth of July weekend to be no exception.

In fact, Experts anticipate that more than 992 thousand Tennesseans will be hitting the road-as early as Thursday – but AAA says drivers should expect more than just traffic this weekend.

Americans Hitting the road this holiday weekend will have plenty of company – more than 47 million travelers are planning to go somewhere – that’s  up 40% from last year and on track to be the second highest Independence Day travel numbers on record.

“Specific to car travel we are actually setting records this year. Those that are traveling by car both nationwide and here in Tennessee we are expecting to see the most to travel on record. In Tennessee this is about a 5% increase over 2019,” says Megan Cooper, AAA. 

While all modes of transportation are expected to see an increased demand this Fourth of July, road trips will continue to dominate —as more and more people become comfortable with traveling again.

“For those that are traveling, gas prices have been top of mind. We’re actually expecting to see gas prices be the most expensive since 2014. Today’s state average is $2.88 so while it is elevated , it’s not going to deter people from traveling,” says Cooper.

If a road trip is in your plans this Fourth of July weekend, , it’s important to make sure your car is ready to take on the summer heat as AAA is expecting to rescue over 460,000 stranded Americans this holiday weekend. 

 “If your car battery is nearing that 3 year mark or older, go ahead and get it checked out before you take your trip to make sure that it is charging the way it should. You want to pay special attention to tread depth and proper inflation. Aside from that just make sure you are up to date on your maintenance and you are topping off all of your fluid levels,” says Cooper. 

Don’t forget to pack your emergency travel kit as well.

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