8 things to know for holiday travel

GROTON & NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — People planning to drive to a holiday destination to celebrate the Fourth of July will hardly be alone. AAA estimates 35.5 million people nationwide will hit the roads starting Wednesday.

We’ve put together 8 things you need to know as you head out for the holiday.

1) Where to fill up

The price of gas statewide is now $2.95 a gallon, the lowest in years. It’s most expensive, $3.03, in the Bridgeport-Stamford area, and about $2.93 most everywhere else from Hartford to New London.

2) Construction

The DOT website shows you where road and bridge work is being done on an interactive map. Signs will warn those traveling Wednesday and Thursday of construction ahead, but starting at 6 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Monday, all state construction projects will be suspended for holiday travelers.

3) AAA says traffic is expected to be heaviest Friday and Sunday

4) Get your car ready

Other than regular maintenance, check your battery and inflate tires. AAA says most roadside emergency calls are for flat tires and dead batteries.

5) Get directions to your destination

Use your phone’s navigation or an app, like the one put out by Mapquest.

6) Have a portable cell phone charger

7) Bring sunscreen

8) Always have food, lunch or snacks, and lots of water in the car

“We make sure iPods are charged and we make sure we have plenty of drinks and snacks for them,” said Leslie Gavin. “That gets us on our four-hour drive without a problem.”

And always be sure to wear a seat belt.

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