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1.4 million Michigan residents to travel July 4th weekend

July 1, 2013 by Steven M. Gursten

AAA Michigan travel forecast and Fourth of July driving safety tips

Thursday is the Fourth of July, and that  means many Michigan families are preparing now for that iconic road trip “up north.”

In fact, nearly 1.4 million Michigan residents will travel during the upcoming July 4th holiday (Wednesday July, 3 to Sunday July 7), according to AAA Michigan. The traffic numbers are down about one percent from last year, due to the holiday falling on a Thursday, a day less than last year’s holiday period.

This year, July 3 and 7 are expected to be the busiest travel days. An estimated 87% of Michigan drivers will travel in traffic by vehicle; 5% will fly and 8% will travel by bus or train.

Given that most of the Michigan travelers are driving, it’s important to prepare for your road trip and keep in mind all of the things you need to do to drive safely in July 4 traffic.

Take a look at our blog post on 10 driving tips for July 4th weekend. It has a lot of helpful information on preparing your car for a road trip, construction zones and even renting cars.

I also wanted to share this video on fireworks safety and the importance of staying sober during the Independence Day weekend:

Nationally, AAA projects 40.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Fourth of July weekend. The average distance traveled by Americans is expected to be 613 miles.

Safe driving everyone, and happy Independence Day!

Related information:

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