Avoiding Fourth of July travel headaches

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Fourth of July weekend is already starting for some Utahns, but the traffic and chaos of a holiday weekend is enough of a reason for some to stay home.

That includes Tracy Adams, who says she never travels for the holidays.

"It just kind of gets crazy and stuff. We like to stay close to home where it's nice and quiet and easy going," she said.

But it's also the reason she and a friend brought their kids to Millcreek Canyon Thursday before the rush.

"We'd talked about coming Saturday, but I think it will be too busy. This spot is real busy on holidays," friend Stephanie Blockson said.

**AAA Road Trip Travel Tips:**
• **Service your vehicle before a road trip**: A fully maintained vehicle will save on fuel expenses. Make sure you have access to emergency road service in an emergency. • **Minimize weight for better fuel economy**: Pack only what you really need and keep luggage secured inside the vehicle rather than strapped on the roof where it will create resistance. • **Travel early in the day**: Plan your departure to coincide with light traffic congestion while traveling through large metropolitan areas. Get plenty of rest before driving long distances and pause often to avoid fatigue. Drink plenty of water and pack light snacks. • **Consider a GPS navigation device for directions**: Get turn-by-turn directions as well as information on lodging and restaurants. • **Calculate a specific budget to allot for fuel costs**: Use AAA's [Fuel Cost Calculator](http://www.fuelcostcalculator.com/) to plan your budget and fuel stops.
Busy is what is expected, not only for Millcreek Canyon, but for other close canyons as well. Meanwhile, if the weather cooperates, Utah's state parks are going to be busy too. Campgrounds in the northern parts of the state are booked full.

AAA reports the vast majority of people will be traveling by car this weekend. The Utah Department of Transportation says delays shouldn't be too bad for those headed south, but UDOT's Adan Carrillo says coming back could be.

Carrillo recommends travelers take Interstate 70 if they're towing a boat, motorcycles or trailers. Skipping Highway 6 and the construction zones that come with it will add about an hour to your trip, but it could take longer than that if you don't.

If you want to avoid delays all together, UDOT advises you either leave early on Sunday or stay a little later and come home Monday

E-mail: corton@ksl.com

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