Second-highest-ever Memorial Day weekend travel expected
Nearly 34 Americans are expected to drive on a Memorial Day trip this weekend, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year because of lower gas prices, says the American Automobile Association.
The great American road trip is officially back thanks to low gas prices, and millions of people from coast to coast are ready to kick off summer with a Memorial Day getaway, said Marshall Doney, AAA president and CEO.
More than 38 million Americans will travel overall this weekend, making it the second-highest Memorial Day travel on record and the most since 2005. About 700,000 more people will travel compared with 2015.
AAA estimates that Americans saved more than $15 billion on gas so far this year compared with a year ago, and gas prices are at the lowest levels in 11 years. According to a recent AAA survey, 55 percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year because of lower gas prices.Download Bulletin PDF