Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 4:14pm.

WILMINGTON -- Whether you're leaving or staying in town for the Fourth of July, one thing you can't avoid is the traffic.

AAA expects more than one million Carolinians to travel over the holiday.

With gas prices on everyone's mind, here are some tips to remember.

  • Don't speed. Gas mileage is cut by up to 10 percent once you go over 65 miles per hour.
  • Maintain your vehicle. Faulty parts can also cut mileage.
  • Turn off your air when you're in traffic. This will help prevent over-heating.
  • Stop and start smoothly -- don't wait until the last minute to apply your brakes.

Despite paying for gas and the traffic, people are looking forward to the holiday.

Wilmington resident Vince Palazzi said, "We do find that this time of year we suddenly have a lot of new friends. And actually the friends coming this weekend we probably haven't seen in three years, but we're anticipating having a great time."

Nearly half of travelers are expected to hit the road Friday.

If you are traveling, AAA expects only about seven percent of vacationers to leave on Monday, July 2. So if you can wait those few extra days, you may avoid the congestion.

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