AAA predicts that 42.8 million Americans will travel by air, ship, rail, and car this holiday period making it the second-highest Memorial Day weekend travel volume on record since they began tracking data in 2000. For those traveling by car, it’s the highest number on record for this holiday period with some 37.6 million hitting the roadways, reflecting 3.5% increase above last year.
Motorists will experience the greatest amount of traffic congestion in metropolitan areas on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 due to workforce commuters. Holiday travelers may want to adjust their time schedule or route if they plan to travel through major cities during the morning or early evening periods.
AAA expects to rescue more than 353,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend. Dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts will be the leading reasons why motorists will experience car trouble. AAA encourages all motorists to have their vehicle inspected by a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out on a long distance trip. If there is potential damage that may have been caused by potholes, make certain the tires are checked.
AAA advises motorists to download helpful apps on your cellphone before venturing out. This includes the AAA Mobile App which provides information on fuel prices, hotels and more.
With many roadways and bridges under repair, download the Nebraska511 app http://www.511.nebraska.gov/ for the latest information on road closures and construction projects. With some fuel outlets closed due to the Midwest floods, restrooms and gasoline service may be limited along some of the impacted routes, warns AAA. Motorists should attempt to keep their fuel gauge above the one-quarter mark.