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Up to Speed: Record-breaking travel expected despite recent delays, staffing shortages

With summer travel at an all-time high, record-breaking numbers are expected for July 4. AAA gives advice on how to make the most of your travel plans.

TAMPA, Fla. — With summer travel season in full swing, millions are expected to hit the skies and roads for the upcoming 4th of July weekend.

AAA predicts nearly 48 million people will be traveling by air or by road despite high gas prices, delays and flight disruptions. Car travel is also expected to set a new record.

Of those travelers, the auto club estimates 42 million will be hitting the road, topping the previous record set just last year.

While the destinations vary, AAA predicts those taking trips will be traveling 50  miles or more.

If you plan on flying, the share of people flying by air is estimated to be the lowest since 2011.

You can avoid some of the hassles by traveling during off-peak times. If you’re flying, prepare for delays and arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight. If you’re driving, get a full car inspection. 

Finally, keep safety top of mind, be patient and be kind.

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