Make sure you leave for your destination early to beat out some of the holiday traffic!

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The roads and the rails are expected to be packed once again this July Fourth weekend.

About 41 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles or more. That’s up about 2 percent from the 40.3 million who traveled during last year’s Independence Day weekend, according to auto club AAA.

The calendar is helping to push up the number of vacationers. The holiday falls on a Friday this year, making it an easy three-day weekend for many travelers.

As usual, the vast majority of travelers will be using their cars: 85 percent. Gas currently costs $3.68 a gallon, up nearly 13 cents from the same time last year.

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That means a family driving 200 miles on highways will pay about 75 cents more in total…

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