The reduced price of gas is expected to play a part in sparking travel for the holiday. Motorists in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee will pay an average of $.30 less a gallon for gas than this time last year, which may mean more people are hitting the road for the 4th.
"It is twice as thick, its really thick," said a gas customer about traffic on Panama City Beach.
For the first time in years traveling for Independence Day may not be dependant on gas prices.
"It's thirty to forty cents cheaper this year than it was last year," said Ron Davis, a Panama City Beach resident.
"Now the prices are better it helps us a lot," said Adella Corona, a gas customer.
Nationwide drivers paid an average of $.10 more during the 4th of July holiday last year.
AAA projects more than forty million Americans will travel fifty miles or more from home for the holiday.
"You can travel a little more and save more money and with the money you save you can buy something else," said Corona.
The expected travel for the 2012 Independence Day holiday will tie the past decades mark set in 2007. And with more driving may mean more precautions.
Before driving over to your relatives this 4th of July, mechanics may you may want to take a look under your hood.
Aamco transmissions stays busy during this time of year, prepping those with intentions of traveling.
"Do a fluid exchange recharge the AC system to make sure it doesn't get too hot and check tired pressures," said owner Jay Furr. "If you see any kind of leak identify what it is. If it's water it's coming from your air conditioner. That's okay, but if it has any color than you've got a problem."
AAA reports that 84% of travelers will choose the traditional mode of transportation for this Independence Day holiday.