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AAA of the Bluegrass predicts 660,000 Kentuckians will travel for the Fourth of July weekend

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More than 660,000 Kentuckians are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend.

Lori Weaver Hawkins is with AAA of the Bluegrass. Weaver Hawkins said the worst times to set out for the long weekend are Thursday and Friday afternoon.

“So if you're leaving Thursday, Friday, try to get on the road as early as possible. We don't expect nearly as much travel congestion coming back, because people tend to come back different times and different days,” said Weaver Hawkins.

Weaver Hawkins added that congestion will be a bigger concern around metro areas.

85 percent of travelers in Kentucky will be using their personal vehicle. Weaver Hawkins said it's important to make sure vehicle maintenance is up to date.

A recent AAA survey found that Kentuckians are split on whether gas prices are playing a part in their decision to travel this summer.

“About 46 percent of Kentuckians that we surveyed said they are planning at least one road trip this summer and about 24 percent said they were doing multiple trips. So there are folks that are still planning to travel despite the higher gas prices,” said Weaver Hawkins.

Weaver Hawkins added that Kentuckians report spending less on lodging and dining to compensate for the price at the pump.

Sam is WEKU's All Things Considered Host and also reports on news of interest in the Commonwealth. She also is responsible for station traffic which includes scheduling of on-air underwriting messages and station promos. Sam is a graduate of Morehead State University and worked for MSU's Public Radio Station WMKY.
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