Record number of travelers this holiday season

AAA estimates that nearly 50 million people will travel this 4th of July. Understand that there are a few reasons why your trip may experience some delays.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 5:10 PM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 10:34 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A record number of people are hitting the roads this holiday season according to AAA. Nearly 50 million Americans are driving to their destination with over a million of those being Hoosiers.

Why so many people? Lower gas prices. AAA estimates gas prices are about 20 cents cheaper than on Memorial Day.

Steven Sheron is one of those Hoosiers traveling. Even though he's not traveling that far, he's thankful gas is lower.

Sheron said, "Honestly it's about $2.85, $2.86 everywhere else and right now I'm pumping at $2.49. So, I noticed a huge change now."

More people on the roads means more delays, and if you're anybody who's ever driven anywhere, you know summer time means orange barrels are in full bloom.

There are plenty of areas of construction throughout the region. Nichole Thomas with INDOT says construction could have changed from when you were traveling last.

"They may be working on the other side of the road where they were when you were here for Memorial Say, or even just two weeks ago. They may have had a phase change since then. Construction kind of pops up along your route without you knowing about it because you don't always go that way."

That construction will impact everyone, everyday, so plan on delays.

"It affects everything we do. I have to leave probably 10-15 minutes for work, earlier everyday just to get to work on time," Sheron said.

To get to where you need to be on time, INDOT has a tool where you plan your trip and can see construction areas ahead of time.

The WFFT website also has a section where you can see travel times and traffic delays here locally.

When you're on the road, there's one simple rule to keep safe according to Thomas.

"We really want to encourage drivers to slow down, pay attention and follow the signs because that's going to be the way you arrive to your destination safely," Thomas said.

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Cases: 592709

Reported Deaths: 9340
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Marion818931301
Lake44495668
Allen32035543
Hamilton28533305
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Tippecanoe17482122
Johnson14583285
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Madison10600213
Vigo10513174
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Monroe9109108
Delaware8861133
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Warrick648290
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Floyd6184105
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Grant5848110
Dubois546172
Boone536367
Morgan519491
Henry496164
Marshall494984
Cass473160
Noble462157
Dearborn461344
Jackson416145
Shelby404279
Lawrence382075
Clinton366340
Gibson357856
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Montgomery336651
Harrison332642
Knox328239
Miami311243
Steuben308742
Adams296535
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Cases: 831066

Reported Deaths: 10281
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