Drivers prepare for delays this weekend as millions expected to hit the road

AAA says about 2.7 million travelers from the New England area will be hitting the roads this July 4th weekend and predicted the peak travel time for drivers was the afternoon of July 1.

News 12 Staff

Jul 2, 2022, 4:46 PM

Updated 744 days ago

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It’s a busy travel weekend for people in Connecticut and in the New England area. Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or cruise, AAA is predicting 48 million people nationally will be getting out of their homes and traveling more than 50 miles or more this year.
AAA says about 2.7 million travelers from the New England area will be hitting the roads this July 4th weekend and predicted the peak travel time for drivers was the afternoon of July 1.
Some travelers News 12 spoke with say they prepared for lots of delays, but are surprised with their seamless journeys so far.
"So, 5 o'clock in the morning, we thought there would be traffic, but no traffic," says Rezard Brakaj, who is traveling from Boston to Florida.
Other travelers say the price of gasoline determined when they were going to travel for the holiday this year.
"We were planning to go last week, but because of gas prices, we postponed that,” said a traveler heading to Virginia.
AAA also predicted July 1 to be the busiest air travel day, but with the possibility of storms threatening the Northeast, be prepared for possible airline delays and cancellations.
"The airlines have made a practice for canceling flights with almost no notice," says Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
For other reasons besides weather, more than 7,800 flights were delayed in the United States, according to FlightAware. Blumenthal says airlines have failed to plan of summer travel surges.
"They shouldn't be planning flights when they know they're going to be short on personnel," he says.


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