4th of July travel could reach a new record this year, according to AAA.
The biggest crush on California’s roads is actually taking place the evening before Independence Day.
AAA travel expert Tamra Johnson says, “It is going to be one for the record books. We are projecting that 49 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season up about 4% from what we saw in 2018.”
A huge chunk of those travelers — some four million — will be on California’s roads.
CHP officer Justin Foraker says, “Slow down and keep those distractions to a minimum … I think people misunderstand how quickly a traffic collision can happen. And with more people on the roadway it’s going to be more of an opportunity for that to happen.”
Although traffic in California is actually expected to peak July 3rd, it’s a good bet roads will be busy all through the weekend.
Sunday is expected to be the busiest for air travel, because while people are traveling to their destinations on different days, many are returning home on the same day — Sunday.
The TSA anticipates screening more than 12 million passengers by then.