STATEWIDE — Cue the fireworks, the parades and the traffic. AAA of Northern New England is anticipating nearly 48 million Americans are going to be traveling over the Fourth of July weekend.
“That signals that people are ready to get back to pre-pandemic levels,” said Pat Moody, manager of public affairs at AAA Northern New England.
“That’s the second-highest volume of Independence Day holiday travel that we’ve actually seen on record,” he said.
Moody said that’s about a 40 percent increase compared to last year. However, he says roughly half a million Americans will need to be assisted by AAA this weekend. So there are ways to prepare before taking off.
“Nobody wants to spend time, money, aggravation and their safety broken down roadside,” Moody said.
This week leading up to the highly anticipated summer holiday is National Tire Safety Week to make drivers aware of proper tire care and safety.
“Air pressure is a big thing. Right off the bat making sure you run a proper air pressure,” said Stephen Casey, general manager at Stratham Tire.
“Check your owner’s manual. If you don’t have the owner’s manual, sometimes on the side of the door panel is the proper air pressure you should be running in your tires,” he said.
When temperatures are hot in the summer, Casey said, you’re more likely to have a tire blowout.
So he also suggests checking your car’s alignment, lights and air conditioning.
Now once you’re ready to go, when are the worst times to hit the road?
“Right around Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon, those are going to be the highest volumes of travel as we head into the weekend,” Moody said. “Then again on Monday mid-morning and Tuesday afternoon.”