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Seasoned travelers offer advice for beating heavy holiday traffic

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NEW BERN, Craven County - A nearly 3 percent increase in travelers hitting the road this extended holiday weekend is expected, in part due to low gas prices, according to AAA.

In eastern North Carolina, that means more drivers than usual out on the roads, particularly the close you get to the beaches.

"We heard from our friends that the traffic may not be bad yet, but the closer you get, the more there is," Raleigh-based tourist Melanie Loeffler said.

She's taking her family to Beaufort for the 4th. As tourists who travel every year for the 4th of July holiday, the Loefflers have some advice for less experienced travelers. "You definitely want to get up and out early before 4 or 5 o clock when everybody is getting out of work," Melanie Loeffler said. "(My husband's) working still from the passenger seat while I drive so we could beat the Fourth of July traffic."

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