A record number of Americans will be traveling this holiday weekend, according to a forecast released by AAA. A total of 44.2 million people will travel by roads, air, railways and waterways to celebrate the holiday. This is a 2.9 percent increase compared to last year at this time. The increase in travel can be attributed this year to predicted sunny, warm days, and lower gas prices, airfares, and car rental rates. The top travel destination is Orlando, FL followed by Vancouver, Cancun, Seattle and Punta Cana.

37.5 million people will drive to their destinations. If you will be one of the millions of people on the roads this holiday weekend, it is important to take extra safety precautions in heavy traffic. Also, follow the basic rules of the road and be sure to wear your seat belt, observe safe speed limits, and use caution in work zones.

While celebrating this Independence Day you should avoid drinking and driving. If you decide to drink, be sure to designate a sober driver or get a cab or Uber to transport you home safely. AAA Auto Club has a ‘Tow to Go’ Program in some states which offers a confidential ride home to a driver who has had too much to drink. This is free of charge over the holiday weekend. The ‘Tow to Go’ Program is designed to protect everyone on the roads, not just intoxicated drivers.

Where ever you go and whatever you do, please travel safely this holiday!

Sources: Lancaster Online and USA Today

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