Record-Breaking Fourth Of July Travel Expected This Week

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WESTERN NEW YORK – A record-breaking number of Americans will be traveling this Independence Day, nearly two million more than last year.

“It’s going to be busy,” said AAA Spokesperson Tamra Johnson. “We are projecting that 49 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles away from home this year. That’s about a 4% increase from what we saw in 2018.”

According to AAA, a 10-cent decrease in gas prices over last year coupled with a strong economy are likely behind much of the increase.

“We see that unemployment is low, Americans have additional disposable income, so they’re taking that additional money any putting it towards a trip with friends and family this year,” said Johnson.

A record 41.4 million drivers are planning on roadtripping this year; but all those extra cars on the road will likely lead to extra delays, as long as four times the average commute in larger metro areas.

To avoid travel troubles, experts say have your car inspected before getting out the door.

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