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The best and worst times to drive this Fourth of July weekend

When you travel can add an hour to your trip
Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 10:12:14-04

CINCINNATI — Traveling this weekend? Join the crowd. With most COVID-19 restrictions lifted, AAA expects as many as 40 million Americans to hit the road for the Fourth of July, and 95% of people will be driving, not flying.

That could mean headache-inducing traffic jams on all major interstate highways.

To avoid traffic jams, AAA said departure times are a lot more important than you might think.

Worst times to drive this weekend

AAA has put together this list of the worst times to drive:

  • Thursday, July 1, and Friday, July 2, from 3-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 3, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Monday, July 5, from 4-5 p.m., when everyone is coming back home.

Moore said your best day to return is Sunday, July 4, not Monday.

"Sunday is a great, wide-open day to get back home early," she said.

AAA also said some of the worst areas for traffic around the country this weekend will involve I-75. They said watch for heavy traffic on I-75 around Atlanta, I-75 in Detroit, and -- no surprise -- I-75 in Northern Kentucky.

Drive safe and don't waste your money.


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