Over the river and through the woods, Minnesotans plan to travel for the Fourth of July holiday despite the pain at the pump. In fact, AAA - The Auto Club Group is predicting a record for Independence Day travel from June 30 through July 4. Over the five-day period, AAA believes nearly 48 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home, according to a news release.

"The volume of travelers expected over Independence Day is a definite sign that summer travel is kicking into high gear," states Debbie Haas, Vice President of AAA. "Earlier this year, we started seeing the demand for travel increase and it's not tapering off. People are ready for a break and despite things costing more, they are finding ways to still take that much needed vacation."

About 90 percent of travelers will go by car. "Traveling by car does provide a level of comfort and flexibility that people may be looking for given the recent challenges with flying," added Haas.

Drivers will likely encounter road construction delays and congestion delays in bigger cities.

Record heat could also add a hurdle to travel plans. AAA Vice President of Automotive Services Scott VerBracken says, "Extreme heat is a key contributor to the many calls AAA receives from stranded motorists this time of year. Two of the most common problems drivers will face are flat tires and dead batteries. Yet these situations could potentially by avoided if drivers get their vehicle inspect4ed at a AAA Apporved Auto Repair Facility."

AAA advises travlers to have an emergency kit in their vehicle with some food items, jumper cables, road flares, some basic tools, and a first-aid kit, according to a news release.

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