For the first time since 2007, AAA anticipates automobile travelers to reach record levels during the 2014 Independence Day weekend, USA Today reports. Forty-one million people are expected to take to the roads and skies over the holiday weekend—via all modes of travel—which is an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Fourth of July travel is expected to begin today, July 2, and go through July 6, potentially causing longer lines at the airport, congested roads, and general delays.
”With school out for summer, the Fourth of July holiday is typically the busiest summer travel holiday, with 5 million more Americans traveling compared to Memorial Day (2014) weekend,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s chief operating officer.
Whether you’re planning to celebrate America’s birthday with family and friends or heading to a new locum tenens assignment—we’ve got plenty of them on our job board—preparedness and patience are key.
Those traveling by vehicle are likely to see the greatest impact on their journeys. NewsRoom, AAA’s blog, indicates road travelers are expected to trek 50 or more miles from home, meaning interstate roads and highways are likely to be busy during typical peak and off-peak hours. If you plan to drive to your destination, smartphone apps—such as Waze, AAA Mobile, and Rest Area Finder–may help you more easily navigate around heavy congestion, request roadside assistance, and find the nearest rest stops.
If traveling by air, consider checking in online and printing boarding passes prior to arriving at the airport. Many airline ticket counters have faster-paced, specified lines for travelers who have already checked in and simply need to drop off their checked luggage. Arriving earlier to the airport than you normally would is also highly recommended.
Wherever your travels take you, be safe and enjoy our nation’s Independence Day!