AAA July 4th weekend travel safety tips

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – AAA expects a record 43 million travelers this July 4th weekend, with five million more people hitting the road than this past Memorial Day weekend.

AAA believes travel is up for this July 4th holiday because of low gas prices and confidence in the economy. The holiday travel period is between Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4.

The Kemper family took a bike ride around Harrisburg Saturday before seven-year-old Lucy gets ready for her holiday weekend travels.

“We’re going to travel out of the state to Maryland to see my uncle and my cousins,” Lucy Hood said.

Lucy will be one of the millions of people traveling, but her mom and step-dad will be staying in the area.

“We just moved to the area from the West Shore, and we were just looking for have a peaceful weekend. We want to check out the food trucks fest and the fireworks and kind of just stay local this year. The traffic has been really bad the past couple of days,” Amy Kemper said.

AAA estimates 84 percent of people will be traveling by car.

“We recommend for people heading out on a road trip, be sure you get plenty of rest to avoid driving drowsy,” said Doni Lee Spiegel, public relations manager with AAA Central Penn.

Make sure to have your car inspected before you head out.

You can download the AAA mobile app to find approved and diamond-rates hotels and restaurants.

“If you’re driving with people, designate a one of your passengers to be an official text messenger and navigator. Even with hands-free technology, your hands are on the wheel and your eyes may be on the road, but there they’re still cognitively distracting to the driver,” Spiegel said.

AAA says law enforcement will be out in full force looking for people drinking and driving, so make sure to have a designated driver.

Another tip it to drive by the three-second rule. Watch the vehicle in front of you pass an object. Count the time (one thousand one, one thousand two and one thousand three) it takes for your vehicle to reach that object. If it takes less than three seconds, slow down to reach a three-second following distance.

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