AAA predicts this to be the busiest travel weekend of the year.

Fourth of July is my absolute favorite holiday. For me, it is a time where I pack my bags, hop in the car and head back to my parent's house. All of my siblings, niece and nephews are there and great friends all meet for five days of fun. We head to the local carnival, hang by the live music and eat more junk food than one person should have in a year.

It's the best family tradition ever.

I, like an estimated 43 million Americans, will be traveling to celebrate the holiday this weekend. AAA says the holiday travel period is Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4.

In order to make your travel plans easier, here are some great tools and resources to make sure you get to your destination safe and with the least amount of travel related headaches.

To find the fastest route to your destination, or your way home via car:

Avoid road construction with this helpful map:

See the most current traffic conditions on Illinois Interstates:

Find the closest Rest Areas and Welcome Centers:

Have an emergency? Here is who to call:

Find lowest gas prices to fill up your tank:

Be safe on the roads this holiday weekend! Please do NOT drink and drive.