If you're planning on traveling over the Fourth of July holiday, you won't get lonely on the highway. 1200 WOAI reports 2.9 million Texans, a record for any holiday, will be driving fifty miles or more from home during Independence Day week, according to figures compiled by AAA Texas.
“This Independence Day will bring record-breaking travel volume, as more Texans take to the roads, skies, rails and waterways than ever before,” said Kent Livesay, Vice President & General Manager, AAA Texas. “A strong economy is allowing for consumers to take advantage of more opportunities to travel this holiday, contributing to an already busy summer travel season.”
A total of 3.4 million Texans plan to travel over the holiday, which is measured from July 3 to the weekend following Independence Day. The others will travel by plane, train, or other methods.
This is up 5.7% from the Fourth of July of 2017, and the highest number since AAA started tracking holiday travel 18 years ago.
The single busiest travel day will be July 3, the Tuesday before Independence Day Wednesday. AAA says you might want to consider moving your road trip to another day.
INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be twice as long than the normal trip, with Tuesday being the busiest day.