More Texans to travel Fourth of July Weekend than ever before

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 18:07:57-04

AAA Texas estimates more than 3.2 million people across Texas will travel during the Fourth of July weekend.

That is a 3.2 percent increase in overall travel volume from last year.

AAA Texas says the holiday travel period extends from Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4.

“This is one of the most popular weekends to travel,” Daniel Armbruster, spokesperson for AAA Texas, said. “You want to plan ahead for anything. That means having an emergency roadside kit in your car in case you have a blowout. When it’s hotter outside, your chances of a blowout are higher.”

Armbruster said it’s important to check the oil and make sure you take care of any maintenance before you hit the road.

“We're expecting to see a number of roadside rescues. Of course, the number one reason for that would be flat tires or car batteries dying. But we are expecting to see more than 338,000 motorists nationwide that will need to be rescued this holiday weekend,” Armbruster said.

AAA also estimates air travel in Texas will increase 5.9-percent over last year.

Lower gas prices are also a reason for more people driving for the holiday weekend.

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