TODAY   |  July 03, 2013

41 million Americans expected to travel for July 4

The American Automobile Association is predicting that as many as 41 million Americans will be pursuing happiness this Independence Day by getting away. NBC’s John Yang previews what you can expect if you’re among the travelers, sharing apps that tell you which roads to avoid and where to find the cheapest gas.

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>>> tens of millions of americans celebrating by hitting the road. what can you expect? how can you navigate potential pitfalls? john yang is at the emergency command post . good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. it's here at this command post on this big get away day that they're keep a close eye on traffic. 22,000 cameras they can access here and with new apps on your iphone or on your other device, you can keep an eye on it too. the founding fathers would be pleased as nearly 41 million americans pursue happiness this 4th of july by getting away. more than 3 million are taking planes. the vast majority, more than 34 million are celebrating life and liberty by hitting the highways in their cars. want to avoid delays? there's an app for that. it's called ways.

>> ways collects information from millions of users on the traffic routes, things like, you know, where there are accidents, where there are speed traps .

>> what about gas prices ? the national average for a gallon of regular is 3.48. up 15 cents from last year. prices are lower in the south and great lakes. higher in the west and northeast. want to make sure you're getting the best price? gas buddy collects prices from millions of users nationwide and sorts them by zip code and plots them on a map. need a confirmation number for a hotel, tripit takes it in e-mails and organized it in one place and syncing your calendar.

>> they're about organizing information so you can get where you want to go as quickly and easily and cheaply as possible.

>> you can avoid other headaches with old fashion prevention.

>> we'll come to the rescue for 8 million stranded motorists this summer. the top reasons are a dead battery and flat tire .

>> and if you do get that flat tire , yes, triple a does have an app to call for help .

>>> john yang , thanks so much.