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The best and worst times to drive this July 4th weekend, according to AAA

The best and worst times to drive this July 4th weekend, according to AAA

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The price of a gallon of gasoline might still be floating around $5but that doesn’t stop people from hit the road for the next July 4th weekend. In fact, experts from the American Automobile Association (AAA, also known as “Triple A”) expect 47.9 million people to travel at least 50 miles from home between June 30 and July 4, with a potential record of 42 million by car.

With so many vehicles on the road, you’re bound to encounter some traffic along the way, especially if you’re leaving a major city, unless you start your journey in the middle of the night. Fortunately, AAA has looked at maps and travel trends, compiled the numbers and made predictions for the best and worst times to travel by car during the holiday weekend.

The best and worst times to travel by car during the 4th of July weekend

If you are July 4th Weekend travel plans currently involve getting in the car and getting on with it, you may want to reconsider, especially if you’re leaving on the Thursday or Friday before the holidays, which AAA expects will be rush hours. Instead, consider what their experts predict will probably be the best and worst times to hit the road that weekend:

Thursday June 30

  • worst time: 2—8 p.m.
  • best time: Before 7:00 am / After 8:00 pm

friday july 1

  • worst time: 12—9 p.m.
  • best time: Before 10am/ After 9pm

saturday july 2

  • worst time: 2-4 pm
  • best time: Before 12 noon/ After 7 p.m.

sunday july 3

  • Expect little congestion all day

Monday 4 July

  • Expect little congestion all day

It’s great that AAA is optimistic about the lack of traffic on Sunday and Monday, but if they predict record-breaking car trips, people will have to drive back home at some point. So when are they expected to make their return journey? Turns out, MarketWatch had the same questionand contacted AAA for an answer.

“Everything on the Fourth is building for the fireworks, which culminate at 9:30 a.m. July 4th,” said Andrew Gross, a representative of AAA Inc. told the financial site† “We suspect that probably many people just extend this holiday until the next day [Tuesday, July 5]†

Unfortunately, Gross didn’t elaborate on the best and worst times to travel on July 5, so you’ll have to use your best judgment – or take another day off and leave in July 6