BROOKLYN - AAA expects 34.4 million Americans to hit the highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Heavy traffic and high gas prices are some of the headaches Brooklyn residents say they are dealing with this weekend. AAA says gas prices are lower than they have been in five months, but with a national average of $3.48 per gallon for unleaded fuel, it is still the third highest on record for Independence Day.

Many Brookyn residents are keeping their trips in the state or to neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut. One man who is visiting his sister in Shoreham, Long Island for the weekend told News 12 Brooklyn that the gas money and gridlock traffic are worth it.

"Just being with good friends, family, seeing my mom and my three daughters with me is what it's all about," he said.

AAA recommends driving the speed limit, properly inflating tires and trying to travel lightly.