Over 40 million Americans on holiday for the long weekend
AAA rolls out the details for the beginning of the summer holiday season. Since AAA started keeping tabs on vacation travel data in the year 2000, this Memorial Day is expected to see the second highest number of holiday-goers, reaching almost 43 million Americans.
Worldwide transport analytics firm INRIX, predicts that hold ups on major roads might be three times as long as late afternoon commutes. According to the vice president of AAA Travel, Paula Twidale, Americans can’t wait to kick off their summer, despite the rise in gas prices. She stated, “Consumer spending remains strong, helped by solid job and income growth. Families continue to prioritize spending their disposable incomes on travel, and near record numbers of them are looking forward to doing just that for Memorial Day.”
Most travelers will be taking to the roads over other means of transportation, reaching an estimated 37 million voyagers. AAA and INRIX anticipate that peak congestion times will be on the 23rd and 24th of May in the late afternoon. This is when people leaving home early from work will intertwine with the vacationers. Transport analyst from INRIX, Trevor Reed, said, “Travelers should anticipate delays to start on Wednesday and continue through Memorial Day. Our advice to drivers is to avoid the morning and evening commuting times or plan alternate routes.” AAA is preparing to save no less than 350,000 drivers.
High costs of fuel won’t change anything
In the previous two months, fuel prices have risen more than 30 cents, bringing the national average to nearly $3 a gallon. Jeanette Casselano, the AAA authority on fuel price, commented, “When gas prices are expensive, travelers may shorten the distance of a road trip, eat out less or look for free activities, but overall, prices are very similar to this time last year, and like then, they aren’t letting that deter them from taking summer road trips.”