Truckers to Face Major Delays as Record Number of Americans Will Hit The Road This July 4th

Orlando, FL – Travel experts are warning to be prepared for major delays as a record number of Americans are expected to hit the road this Independence Day holiday weekend.

According to AAA, more than 47.7 million Americans will take to the nation’s roadways and skies from July 1 to 5.


While all modes of travel will see increased demand this Independence Day, AAA expects road trips to continue to dominate this summer despite the highest gas prices in seven years.

An expected 43.6 million Americans will drive to their destinations… the highest on record for this holiday and 5% more than the previous record set in 2019.

INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the worst congestion heading into the holiday weekend as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers, along with the return trip on Monday mid-day.


Major metro areas across the U.S. could see nearly double the delays verses typical drive times, with drivers in Boston and San Francisco likely to experience nearly three-times the delays.

“We’re expecting nationwide traffic volumes to increase about 15% over normal this holiday weekend,” Bob Pishue, transportation analyst for INRIX commented. “Drivers around major metro areas must be prepared for significantly more delay.”

Expect the worst of the delays to be in Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Washington D.C.


Experts urge truckers and motorists to plan your routes and trip schedules (if possible) at low traffic volume hours (see below).

Worst Time to Travel
Best Time to Travel
Thursday, July 13:00 – 5:00 p.m.After 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 24:00 – 5:00 p.m.Before 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 311:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.After 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 4Free Flow Expected
Monday, July 54:00 – 5:00 p.m.Before 1:00 p.m.
Source: INRIX

In addition to those traveling on America’s roadways, AAA also expects 3.5 million Americans to fly the friendly skies and another 620,000 to travel by bus, train or cruise.

Photo courtesy Virginia Department of Transportation

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