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AAA projects record travelers this 4th of July

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(WSIL) -- People joining 4th of July travelers on the road this summer will have a lot of company. In fact, the AAA estimates the country will see 43.6 million on the roads.

"Since AAA reporting the travel forecast for the summer holidays back in 2000 this will be the highest number of Americans traveling by car for the independence day holiday, said Nick Chabarria, AAA spokesperson. "Everybody coming out of the pandemic wanting to travel again. About 91 percent of all travelers will be doing it by car."

That number is much higher over last year's travel volume of 32.5 million, for the same time period. In Missouri, 596,004 travelers were on the road in 2020 for the 4th and this year it's projected to be 740,548 travelers. In Illinois, last year it was 1.9 million travelers and that is expected to jump to 2.5 million travelers this year.

"We've seen car travel and road trips really increase throughout the pandemic. Last year you didn't have a lot of options on how you can travel. Obviously going by road trip gives you control on a lot of health and safety variables that people were concerned about and may still be concerned about - who you're traveling with, what time you leave and where you stop," Chabarria said.

Are you prepared if your road trip goes array? AAA recommends checking your engine, tires and batteries before your road trip. Those are the three most common issues for their road side assistance service.

"We recommend no matter where you are going get your car checked out at least a couple of weeks before you leave to see if it's ready to go. Minimize the issues you'll experience on the road."

AAA has a list of AAA approved auto repair places, some 7,000 in North America. For more information click here.