If there are any residents who plan to travel for the holiday weekend they should be aware that according to AAA the busiest travel days by road will be Thursday and Friday and it is projected that Memorial Day travellers will total 4.86 million, an increase of nearly five percent from 2017.
"Higher gas prices will not be enough to keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend", said Vicky Evans, assistant vice president of Travel Sales Development for AAA in a news release earlier this month.
All those drivers not deterred by the fact that we're looking at the highest gas prices in 4 years.
Gas prices are up primarily due to expensive crude oil, higher gasoline demand and shrinking global supply.
He added that during his trip from Maryland to Pennsylvania, gas prices between state rest stops went from $2.89 to $3.12. Gas in this area cost $2.40 per gallon this time in 2017, $2.15 in 2016 and $2.54 in 2015. "That's up from 19 percent previous year when prices were much lower", DeHaan said.
Thirty-six million travelers are expected to be on the road.
They will also have sobriety checkpoints all over the state all weekend.
"There's consumer confidence right now that that is this is a very robust economy and traveling, even though gasoline is currently selling in Louisiana about 15 cents more than this time a year ago".
Memorial Day weekend this year will be about 10 degrees hotter than average, according to the National Weather Service.
Interstate 24 traffic through Chattanooga can be a headache during holiday seasons. For example, the Bank of America Cash Rewards credit card offers 3% cash back on gas, compared to 2% at grocery stores and 1% on other purchases, according to WalletHub. IL has seen one of the largest monthly increases in the country, AAA said, with the average rising 23 cents since late April.
Tolling is always a question for drivers during the holiday travel. Sunday will be in the low 80s with a chance of thunderstorms.
Say something: The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) advises drivers to call 9-1-1 and notify police of any bad behavior spotted on the roads during the holidays.
Planet Princeton wish you a safe and happy holiday!
This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record.
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