Millions are getting ready to hit the roads for the unofficial beginning of summer this weekend, despite rising gas prices.
While the average national price of gasoline continues to rise toward $3 a gallon, holiday travel this Memorial Day weekend is predicted to be at its highest level in years. By avoiding traffic delays, the agency said, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently. That's more than a half dollar more than last Memorial Day weekend. The AAA estimates that more than $35 million people will travel via automobile over the three-day weekend.
According to the survey, 58 percent of respondents said they will take a road trip this summer, a 24 percent decrease from past year, while 39 percent cited high gas prices as affecting their travel decisions, compared to 19 percent in 2017.
Others are coming here, from out-of-state.
"We will then be able to figure out if the demand went up over the holiday period", he said.
Although prices are still relatively low around some sections of the nation, 15 states are already seeing prices of over $3 per gallon or higher. "Compared to a year ago it was $2.37 per gallon", said Donna Ottinger with AAA.
"Going back 8 or 10 years, when gas was over $4 a gallon, it really didn't change folks who were going on vacation", says Bubar.
As for the impact that's having locally, here's a break down.
However, the cost of gas during this holiday weekend will be a far cry from 2014 when commuters paid a national average of $3.65 per gallon and close to $4.10 in the county. "They're going to get their money".
Whether you are a bread New Yorker or you are just visiting the city for the holiday, you have to make sure to include in your list of "things to do" visiting all the different retail stores in the city which are offering some of the most wonderful Memorial Day Sales ever.
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He says to keep your tires properly inflated.
"Being in a hurry", he said, is the biggest mistake one can make when traveling.
Other advice to pass along from AAA - drive easy.
And if you're traveling with kids, like mom Daniela Gould, it will all be about the snacks, the ipad and lots of stops.
And don't worry about keeping your air conditioning on. "You're burning gas in the process but you might run into a savings", says AAA's Robert Sinclair Jr.
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