The Fourth of July may still be weeks away, but AAA Auto Club is already predicting a record amount of cars on the roads in Ohio.
From July 3rd to July 8th, 1.75 million Ohioans are expected to travel 50 miles or more, up 4.4% for the state in comparison to last year.
"This is great for the economy and great for the travel industry." explained Kimberly Schwind, AAA Spokesperson. "It's really a testament to the fact that Americans are still really wanting to travel.".
Schwind says this years travel numbers are expected to be higher than the 2007 pre-recession numbers. According to AAA, gas prices are not expected to be a travel factor this holiday season.
"Gas prices are still really high, and they're still really taking a chunk out of peoples budgets, but even with this chunk being taken out, people are still wanting to travel, they're just compensating the still high gas prices, by economizing their vacations by visiting family and friends, having picnics, watching fireworks." Schwind says.
Since Independence Day falls on a Wednesday, Schwind says travelers will have more vacation options, which is likely the reason more Ohioans will be hitting the highway. Since roads are expected to be crowded, Schwind reminds drivers to leave early, be patient, and pack an emergency roadside kit with extra snacks and water in case your car breaks down.