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How to Avoid Fourth of July Traffic

2 July 2013 @ 9:03 AM  / Automotive Blog /

Fourth of July is one of the busiest holidays of the year with millions of Americans visiting their families. AAA Travel projects that eighty-four percent of travelers (34.4 million) will travel by automobile this Independence Day, so traffic could be a problem. To make sure you don’t end up stuck in gridlock watching fireworks from your car, here are a few tips to avoid the mess.

1. Avoid Driving on July 3 and 7

Try to avoid driving on July 3 and 7. With many travelers taking advantage of the long weekend, it’s no surprise that the largest share (32 percent) will depart on Wednesday, July 3. The most popular return date (38 percent) is Sunday, July 7, according to AAA Travel.

2. Leave Early

No matter when you travel, leaving early almost always does the trick. Make sure to hit the road before others get up in the morning or leave work. This is especially true if you have to travel on July 3 or 7. Don’t leave at 5pm when everybody gets off work to hit the road.

3. Use a Garmin nüvi with Real-Time Traffic

Garmin offers real-time information on many nüvi models. With traffic services on your navigator, you’ll avoid traffic caused by accidents, construction or other delays. Our traffic services work with your device to suggest alternate routes and guide you around trouble spots. It sifts through all kinds of traffic data to find you the quickest, most hassle-free route. To learn more about our different traffic offerings, go to

4. Check Live Traffic Cameras

Our Garmin Smartphone Link app allows you to check out real-time images from traffic cameras[1] (subscription required) on your nüvi. This allows you to check traffic conditions ahead of time to make sure you avoid congested areas. Smartphone Link sends real-time information from your smartphone to your nüvi via Bluetooth.

Have a great Fourth of July everyone!

[1]Restrictions apply.  Not available in all areas. Subscriptions required. Contact your mobile service provider for more information about your service plan's data and roaming rates.  See for terms, conditions and limitations.

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