Uptick in Independence Day travel

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The Fourth of July holiday means barbecue, fireworks and traffic. Kentucky roadways are expected to more congested than usual this week. According to AAA, this year’s Independence Day travel is set to break last year’s record.

July 3 marks the busiest travel day of summer. AAA expects 2.2 million people in Kentucky to hit the roads this week.

That puts car travel up nearly 5% from 2018. One reason for that is low gas prices.  Kentucky motorists are paying 17 cents less at the pump this year in comparison to last year.

More cars mean more traffic, and in some areas, delays will be four times that of a normal commute.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is telling drivers that patience is key when it comes to safety on the roadways.

If you do end up needing roadside assistance KYTC offers Safe Patrol. It’s a service that can assist with changing a tire, small car repairs or just wait with you until the tow arrives. If you need to call safe patrol just dial #SAFE.