AAA Forecast: Americans Plan to Hit the Road in Large Numbers for Memorial Day Weekend
Posted on May 16, 2012AAA announced the results of its annual summer travel survey this week. Despite rising gas prices and a tough economy, the roads will be packed with travelers this Memorial Day weekend. The number of people traveling for the holiday is expected to increase by 1.2% over last year. Approximately 30.7 million Americans will drive to their destinations. The number of people traveling by air will fall 5.5% to 2.5 million from 2.7 million that flew last year.
Memorial Day is a big travel weekend. 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the four-day holiday. The weekend kicks off the summer travel season. Driving will be expensive. The average price for a gallon of gasoline is $3.727. In this clip, Yolanda L. Cade, the Managing Director of AAA Public Relations, tells travelers what to expect: