AAA: 2018 Fourth of July travel to break record

Published: Jul. 3, 2018 at 11:26 AM EDT
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As families in North Central Florida plan for the Independence Day holiday drivers could face some bumps along the road.

"Definitely a lot of people, gotta be careful,” Evan Pryor said.

Pryor is driving from Gainesville to Jacksonville for a beach trip this Fourth of July holiday.

“Should be fun, it's where I'm from,” he said.

His usual two hour trip may be longer than usual, as more families than usual pack up their car this week for road-trips.

If you are traveling this 4th of July holiday, be prepared for heavy traffic. AAA says a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home, the highest number since AAA started looking at numbers 18 years ago.

AAA says Tuesday, July 3 will be the busiest day and, with 39.7 million people going by car, 3.8 million passengers going by plane and 3.5 million people going by trains, buses and cruise ships. Drivers will notice the most traffic in the late afternoon, according to AAA. AAA says gas prices in Gainesville are averaging at $2.75 a gallon, an increase from $2.18 in 2017.

AAA also says they expect to rescue more than 362,000 drivers around the holiday.

They report that Orlando is the top domestic travel destination.

Another issue travelers may see is how long hours on the hot roads can affect their cars.

Mechanics are reminding drivers to make sure to check their tires and radiator fluid.

"The stop and go traffic definitely takes a toll on the cars, obviously they are getting hot, they are not cooling properly. So if you have existing problems, they are going to be brought out of those conditions especially with the heat," Michael Katz, owner of Auto ER in Gainesville, said.

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