With so many great road trips Californians can take during the 4th of July holiday, it's no surprise that a record number of residents will be hitting the road. Marie Montgomery, with AAA of Southern California says around 5.4 million Golden State residents will be traveling over the holiday.
"That's a five percent increase over last year. So, although gas prices are about .75 cents higher than they were this time last year in California, it doesn't seem to be dampening enthusiasm for travel," said Montgomery.
Getting out of town won't be easy, up to 79 percent of Southern California travelers say they plan on traveling by car to their holiday destination. Montgomery says Tuesday afternoon will be the busiest time for holiday travelers.
"It's looking like Tuesday afternoon between 3 and 5 p.m. because they will be mixing with the regular commuters," Montgomery said. "We're expecting freeways and highways to be up to two times more crowded."
Residents in SoCal have plenty of options for their 'nearcations.' The top destinations include San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon.
"Nationally, Anaheim is the number two destination for all U.S. travelers," Montgomery said.
If you're planning to hit the road, AAA recommends getting your vehicle checked out before leaving.
- Have your car and tires inspected before taking a long drive
- Map your route in advance
- Check the lights and signals on your car to make sure they're working.
One bit of good news for travelers, gas prices have remained stable after falling for 25-straight days in a row. The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular is $3.674, a little more than .75 cents higher than it was this time last year.
Montgomery adds that it's important that people should stay aware and to appoint a designated driver if you plan on drinking at a 4th of July party.
"If you're planning to celebrate on Independence Day holiday, believe it or not, that's the second most dangerous holiday for drinking and driving behind New Year's Eve. AAA is recommending that you have a plan, you either stay over at a friend's, you do a rideshare, you have a designated driver," said Montgomery.
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