Experts tell drivers to prepare for 4th of July travel

Justin Udo
July 01, 2019 - 3:04 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Travelers beware: Experts are warning of record setting July Fourth travel.

But there are some precautions you can take to help ensure you have a smooth and safe journey.

If you're going to visit friends and family for the Fourth of July, you might want to prepare yourself for crowded roads, airports and train stations.

"AAA is projecting 660,000 Philadelphia-area residents will travel for the Independence Day holiday," said AAA's Jana Tidwell.

Tidwell says that's the most travelers they've seen for the day since they started tracking the numbers nearly 20 years ago.

She adds crude oil prices, demand, and the recent refinery fire and announcement of its closure have helped raise gas prices.

But it's not all doom and gloom for people driving from point A to point B.

"The good news for motorists is despite the recent increase in gas prices, prices at the pump are lower than they were for Memorial Day weekend and they are lower than they were this time last year," Tidwell said. 

She says now is the time for drivers to make sure their car is road ready.

"Have the battery checked, tire presser checked, fluids, windshield wipers," she added. 

PennDOT's Jennifer Kuntch says their 511 PA app will also help drivers better navigate their trips.   

"That includes traffic delays, weather forecasts, traffic speeds, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras. That also includes conditions on the turnpike network, including detours, planned road work and toll plaza locations," Kuntch said. 

Experts say they expect July 3 to be the busiest travel day of the week, as work commuters mix with holiday travelers, so they suggest moving around on off hours.