Memorial Day Travel Outlook For Floridians


Daytona Beach, FL - Travel numbers this coming weekend for the Memorial Day holiday are forecast to show the second largest travel volume on record - dating back to 2000. That's according to AAA spokesperson, Mark Jenkins.

Jenkins said that about 2.3 million Floridians are expected to travel which is about 86,000 more than last year. Some two million people will be driving but the biggest increase is in air travel with 5.3 percent more people expected to head to the airports.

Jenkins said he expects the busiest times for people heading out for the weekend will be Thursday and Friday afternoons, with commuters leavng work and mixing with holiday travelers. Popular attractions, like theme parks and beaches will be the most congested. Busiest times for your return home will likely be Sunday and Monday afternoons.

Jenkins said drivers could find the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in two years, with prices about 20 cents less than last year. Last year's state average for gasoline on Memorial Day was $2.91.

"Holiday travelers who save at the pump generally reallocate that money toward lodging, shopping or dining out," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Cheaper gasoline could also help convince undecided travelers to take a trip for the holiday. Gas prices are steadily declining, and there's a good chance that holiday gas prices remain below last year's levels. However, the fuel market is still quite volatile, and there's plenty of time for prices to rise again."

Jenkins suggests getting your vehicle checked out before traveling, to a trusted auto repair facility for any necessary maintenance. Nationwide, AAA expects to rescue more than 353,000 motorists due to any number of things, including dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. Also suggested: be prepared for emergencies with a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit, and drinking water and snacks for all passengers.


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