BECKLEY – Fireworks and barbecues can only mean one thing: It's the Fourth of July… and a peak season for road travel.
Authorities at AAA Travel project 41 million Americans will hit the road this weekend for Independence Day, and they'll journey more than 50 miles. That makes it one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Officials remind you to check your tires, fill up the gas tank, and if you're hitting the lake or visiting family and want to avoid the heaviest traffic, you might want to think about this.
“Fourth of July being on a holiday weekend this year, everybody's going to make a long holiday out of that,” says Melissa Norris of AAA, “So really earlier that you start out, possibly even be on the 3rd, the day before.”
If you're flying for a holiday getaway you can expect airfares to be five percent lower than last year, too.