If you’re traveling over the Fourth of July weekend, expect a record amount of company on the roads.
AAA officials predict nearly 43 million people will travel in the U.S. over the Independence Day Weekend.
Experts say it’ll be the busiest weekend in at least 16 years.
Petroleum analyst Patrick Dehaan says one of the main reasons for the travel boom is low gas prices. The last time gas prices were this low was in 2005.
AAA reported prices for regular gas averaged $2.908 a gallon in Chicago on Tuesday.
Nationwide, AAA expects 84 percent of Fourth of July travelers will hit the road by car.
Tollway officials urge drivers to leave before lunch or after 8 p.m. Friday to beat the traffic.