Travelers expected to set records this 4th of July

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - According to AAA, about 47 million people will travel for Independence Day across the nation, which is the highest amount on record. AAA started tracking holiday travel 18 years ago.

About 137,000 South Dakotans are expected to travel over the 4th of July. This comes even as gas prices across the nation are about 60 cents higher than last year. 85% of people traveling in South Dakota are expected to travel by car and 8% will fly.

“We are well on our way for 2018 to be a record-breaking year for summertime travel,” said Marilyn Buskohl, who is a spokeswoman for AAA. “This is welcome news for all of those in the travel industry, from hotels and attractions to restaurants and local shops.”

Buskohl is also reminding drivers to be aware and alert while driving over the holiday. She said about 40% of all crashes involve alcohol over the holidays so drive defensively. Call a cab or a ride-sharing provider if you plan on consuming alcohol.

Driving drowsy can be more common than people think. She said during the summer, it can be even more common because the warmer temperatures make people more sleepy.

Driving distracted is never a good idea but especially over the holidays. When drivers take their eyes off the road for just two seconds, it can double their risk of getting in a crash.