While gas finally hit an all-time-high in terms of price, it will not impede Memorial Day traffic. In fact, we will see record breaking numbers this year.
Aspetuck News reports that gas prices finally broke their 4-year high, with the statewide averaging about $3.04 a gallon. That price will continue to climb as we creep closer to Memorial Day.
Which, obviously, just so happens to be one of the most-traveled days of the year. Hey, that holiday is the unofficial start of the summer for many Americans.
So, how will the roads look a few weeks from now? Well, my advice to you is… if you plan on driving over 50 miles this year, give yourself plenty of time.
41.5 million Americans will hit the road this year with the intent of traveling over 50 miles. That’s 5 percent higher than last year.
You know, when gas prices were about 54 cents cheaper on a national scale? Yeah, how weird is that?
Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokesman, says he isn’t all that surprised about this:
“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home. A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are motivating Americans to kick off what’s expected to be a busy summer travel season.”
So, what does this mean for you? Out of the 41.5 million Memorial Day travelers this year, 88 percent of them will drive. That number is also 5 percent higher than last year. Sad news if you thought last year’s commute was bad.
It also doesn’t help that AAA predicts they will rescue around 340,000 motorists this year. They say the three leading problems for Americans this year will be dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires. With that said, make sure your car is in ship-shape before embarking on your fantastic holiday journey.
As for airlines, 3.1 million Americans will flood the terminals over the holiday weekend, which is a 7 percent increase over last year.
1.8 million people intend using the train to get to and from their holiday celebration, a 2.4 percent increase.
That said, the two days leading up to Memorial Day weekend will have the worst traffic of all. INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, pinpointed the best (and worst) times to travel.
If you need to drive past the New York metro area, avoid it at all costs on Friday, the 25th, between 3:30 and 6:30PM. Delays around that time should be three times worse than normal!
Boston is another story. Avoid that area on Thursday, the 24th, between 4:30 and 6:30PM. Their delays should be twice as bad as normal at those times.
When comparing the 10 worst travel areas in the nation this year for Memorial Day traffic, Friday evening looks like the worst travel time of all. So, if you hate sitting in traffic, either leave earlier in the day or later at night to save yourself the agony.
INRIX says Memorial Day traffic will officially start on Wednesday, the 23rd, this year. Because of that, they recommend:
“Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”
There you have it, the official forecast of Memorial Day traffic. Will you drive less this year because of gas prices or more people on the road? Or will you just YOLO your way to your holiday plans like the 41.5 million other Americans this year?