Officials of the American Auto Club say a strong economy and weaker gas prices should help boost travel numbers this Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Auto Club Group forecasts the strongest kick-off to the summer travel season since 2005. It could be the second-largest travel volume on record – dating back to 2000. 

Floridians will be hiting the road.

Should I Stay or Should I Go

An estimated 37.6 million Americans will hit the road traveling by automobile. AAA predicts drivers will get an early start Thursday and Friday May 24 -25. That means the greatest amount of congestion. That mostly will come in the late afternoons as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers.

Some of the most congested areas will be popular attractions, theme parks and beaches. Drivers returning home are most likely to encounter congested roads on Sunday and Monday afternoons. The number one travel destination this year will be Orlando.

“Consumer spending remains strong, helped by solid job and income growth. Families continue to allocate their disposable incomes on travel, and a near-record number of them will do just that for Memorial Day.”

Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

Gas Prices Cooperate

Florida drivers could find the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in two years. Last year, the state average for gasoline on Memorial Day was $2.91 per gallon. The average price this week was slightly below $2.70 per gallon. That’s the lowest daily average price in two months. The 20 cent difference amounts to a savings of $3 for a full 15-gallon tank of gasoline.

“If gas prices continue following their current downward trend, drivers could find holiday gas prices that are 30 cents less than last year”

Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA –

Be Careful Out There

Meanwhile, authorities at the AAA predict more than 353,000 motorists may need roadside rescue this holiday. Dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble.

If you are hitting the road, we suggest you make certain and have both your car repair kit and your first aid kit in the cabin and at the ready. But the most important thing is to remember to pray – especially before you leave.

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