Travel industry bounces back for Fourth of July weekend
A huge spike in Fourth of July travel is expected this weekend. Experts from AAA said it will likely be the second-highest Independence Day travel volume in history, second only to 2019.
More than 90% of holiday travelers said they’ll be heading to their destinations by car. April Engram from AAA said the climbing gas prices aren’t stopping people from hitting the roads, and if you’re one of them, flexibility will be key.
"Travel early in the day if you can, or perhaps travel later in the evening just to avoid that main congestion. Also possibly, if it's possible, find alternate routes," said Engram.
Engram said it will be hard to avoid traffic, because people are eager to get on the roads after last year’s low numbers.
“Have patience because, you know what? It is the holiday season, and no matter what, you will run into more traffic now, especially coming out of the pandemic,” said Engram. “We’re seeing more cars on the road again.”
AAA Dispatch Manager Dan Fisher said travelers should double-check that their vehicles are in good driving condition, and they’re prepared for emergencies.
"A lot of vehicles these days don't come with spare tires,” said Fisher. “Make sure that you know if your vehicle actually has a spare tire, and if it does, is it in good condition?"
Air travel is expected to go up 164% from last year’s pandemic levels. AAA Director of Travel Brian Murray said airlines are slowly getting their fleets back into the air. If passengers miss flights, re-booking could be a challenge.
"You may not get to your destination for a day or two based on availability because the flights are full, and if you miss one, the next flight might be full as well," said Murray.
Murray said travelers should make sure they get to the airport with plenty of extra time. Some big-city destinations are asking passengers to arrive three hours early.