Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend. Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year’s record for the holiday.The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected to rise for the eighth straight year.With July 4 falling on a Tuesday, some workers will get a four-day weekend, making a quick road trip even more inviting. Cheaper gasoline helps. Even though pump prices usually rise as summer begins, the national average for a gallon of regular was $2.28 on Wednesday – 4 cents lower than last year’s holiday weekend, and down more than 7 cents from a month ago.
In terms of weather, stormy weather conditions could impact parts of the Midwest, South and Northeast for those starting their Fourth of July celebrations this weekend. The western third of the nation should escape any major precipitation threats.
No matter what you plan to do this weekend, make sure you are well prepared on the road. Check your tires, oil, etc. to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape to travel long distances. We insure events when situations are out of your control. But you don’t want to put yourself in an unsafe position due to something that was within your control.