AAA Memorial Day Travel Forecast: Small increase in holiday drivers, but fewer flying
Associated Press , SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
10:29 AM, May 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) - It's going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation's highways.
During Thursday and Monday, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway, according to car lobbying group AAA. That's a small increase from last year but still well short of the record 37.3 million people who drove during the holiday in 2005.
Gas will cost slightly more this year. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has risen 7 cents in the past week to $3.66 and could increase over the weekend. Gas averaged $3.64 last Memorial Day. Still, the price isn't expected to reach the 2011 Memorial Day average of $3.79.
AAA estimates that another 2.3 million travelers will fly, down 8 percent from last year.