Hitting the Road for the Holiday Weekend

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For those of you planning on heading out today for any distance, be prepared to face the traffic.
AAA says more than 40 million people will traveling over the Independence Day weekend.
If you're one of the 34 million making that trip by car, be sure to plan your trip ahead of time.
Sergeant Brian Erickson with the Wisconsin State Patrol says it's bound to be busy especially tonight and tomorrow morning.
Even though gas prices are rising, that's not stopping people from hitting the road.
“It's in the middle of the week so we expect certainly high travel time at the beginning of the weekend and some peak times throughout the week for the motoring public,” says Erickson.
Because so many people will be heading out, chances are travelers may face some traffic jams. Even in Western Wisconsin.
That also means you have more time to keep safety in mind.
Sergeant Erickson recommends planning your trip ahead of time and checking your vehicle before hitting the road.
This includes not drinking and driving, but driving responsibly.
“It's your full time job when you're driving and that's what you need to do,” says Erickson.
Because summer time also means road construction, Sergeant Erickson recommends people plan their trips around those work zones.
He advises, you need to stay aware of detour signs and follow them and as always, be sure to buckle up.