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Cheap gas prices mean record-breaking travel means crowded highways this Fourth of July

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If you're hitting the road this weekend, expect to have plenty of company on your drive. (AP) If you're hitting the road this weekend, expect to have plenty of company on your drive. (AP)
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If you're hitting the road this weekend, expect to have plenty of company on your drive.

AAA says a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday. Part of the reason for the increase is that gas prices are at their lowest level for this time of year in more than a decade.

While the roads will be crowded, there are things you can do to make your holiday less stressful.

"If you can travel in off-peak hours ... early morning, later at night, you'll definitely see a decrease in congestion," said Jana Tidwell with AAA.

AAA is also preparing to rescue more than 338,000 drivers this Independence Day.

Most people get stuck on the side of the road because of flat tires, their battery dies or they get locked out of their car.

If you plan to drive far this weekend, be sure to get your car checked out by a mechanic first and pack a spare tire and a spare key.

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