Fewer people to travel this Independence Day

June 20, 2013 12:00 AM

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means that millions of Americans are ready to bust out their grills and sparklers as they celebrate the country's independence. Many individuals will be doing this from the comfort of their own homes, however, as a recent survey from AAA predicts that fewer Americans will travel for the holiday this year than in the past. 

According to the survey, about 40.8 million people will travel more than 50 miles to a destination, which is a decrease of 0.8 percent from last year. Of these travelers, about 84 percent will use a car to get to their destination. 

"This year nearly 41 million Americans plan to celebrate the nation's birthday with a getaway," said AAA president Robert L. Darbelnet. "... Independence Day is typically the busiest holiday of the summer travel season, with 6 million more Americans traveling than Memorial Day just two months ago."  

If you're planning to hit the roads this July 4, you should consider taking some steps to prepare yourself and your car for traffic. While the number of travelers may be going down, it's still a significant amount, which means it's vital to have a car tune up beforehand to ensure every aspect of your vehicle is in top shape. 

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