Thanks to a slip in gas prices and a raise in personal incomes, people plan on hitting the roads very soon.  Even though the 4th of July is Wednesday, people seem unfazed by it.  In fact, traffic will be pretty fierce this time around!

Darien Daily Voice reports that 47 million Americans will hit the roads… starting today.  That’s a whopping 5.3 percent increase since last year!

Oh, also, 40 million of those 47 million travelers will do so by car.  8 percent of those will take to the skies while the remaining 6 percent will rely on trains, buses, and boats.

Not only that, AAA predicts this might be the hairiest travel holiday of the year.  AAA Northeast Spokesperson Fran Mayko explains:

“[Due to] a strong economy, more disposable income and the fact that July 4 falls on a Wednesday. This gives travelers more flexibility to schedule trips the weekend before or after the holiday.”

So, expect travel times to take twice as long as normal this 4th of July.  What that means for you is that you should stock up on snacks, water, and perfect that playlist of yours.  You’ll definitely need it.

Also, expect gas prices to begin climbing again.  With so many people expected to hit the roads, it’ll increase demand and bump up prices at the pump.

Jeanette Casselano, AAA gas price expert, elaborated:

“If demand continues to strengthen and inventories decrease in the weeks ahead, motorists can expect gas prices do a reversal and start to increase again.”

Meaning, things won’t probably cool down again until around Labor Day.

The best time to travel today is between now and 11am.   On the actual holiday itself, traffic will be the best between 12 and 1pm.

If you plan on moseying back to the real world on Thursday, head back between 9 and 10am.

That said, the worst time to hit the roads is between 4:30 and 5:30pm today and 9:30 to 10:30am tomorrow.

Where are you spending the 4th of July?

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