Watch for travel record to go up in smoke this holiday weekend

Published: Jul. 3, 2016 at 4:46 PM CDT
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The roads are rumbling this Fourth of July weekend. While the skies are painted with the fire of independence, the pavement is humming under the wheels of freedom.

The experts who keep track of these things tell us America is mobile. AAA Nebraska says the signs point to record travel.

WOWT 6 News stopped by a Gretna rest stop for a look at who was passing through and it didn’t take long for find unfamiliar plates: Michigan, Minnesota and North Dakota among them.

AAA is expecting 43 million travelers to hit the road for a long weekend getaway. With all those vehicles out there they say it’s important to pay extra attention to safety.

One key point is the use of a designated driver if there are spirits in play for the holiday.

AAA Nebraska’s Rose White said, “We know people are out. They're having fun drinking. It's hot out, and sadly very many people get behind the wheel who are intoxicated and cause these deadly crashes."

The motor club also recommends basic vehicle maintenance like tire pressure checks before trips.