Avoid Traffic on July 4th By Leaving at The Right Time

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This Independence Day, AAA expects a record-breaking 48.9 million people to hit the road, 4.1% more than last year. That means your chances for running into some epic traffic are better than they’ve been before.

That traffic is expected to happen not only on the roadways, but on planes, trains, and buses as well. Plane traffic is expected to be up 5.3% this year over last, and other modes of transportation are expected to rise .6%.

If you’re traveling by plane, the best advice is to try to arrive two hours before your flight, even if you don’t normally, in anticipation of extra long lines at check-in and at security. If you’re traveling by car, AAA has a rundown of some of the worst times to get behind the wheel.

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Its recommendations are unfortunately just for major cities; however, even if you don’t live in one of the cities listed you can get a decent feel for what the worst times might be in your area by looking at the stats for the city closest to you. In general, the late afternoon on the 3rd and the 5th tend to be the worst.

Bottom line: No matter how you plan to travel this July 4th, make sure to leave yourself a bit more time than usual, you’ll definitely need it. And if you can travel on an “off” travel day such as the 2nd or 6th, you’ll stand a much better chance of avoiding those massive slow downs.

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