According to AAA travel club, more than 41.5 million people will travel for the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, which is 4.8% more than last year. This will be the most travelers since 2005 for the holiday period that runs from May 24 through May 28 this year.
AAA goes on to say that 7 out of 8 travelers will be driving despite the most expensive gas since 2014. Gas averaged $2.72 per gallon in April, which was 33 cents higher than last year.
These numbers mean that 2 million more people will be traveling this year, so travel delays could triple along major roads, according to INRIX, a transportation analytics company. The busiest days will be Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25, according to INRIX. The worst delays will be in NYC, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.
Our Tampa Bay Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want you and your loved ones to be safe this Memorial Day Weekend. We have compiled a few safety tips to get you to and from your destinations safely:
- Always obey the rules of the road. Slow down when weather conditions are bad or if you are unfamiliar with the road.
- Pull over or switch drivers when you get sleepy.
- Put your phone down to limit distractions. Ask a passenger to handle snacks, music, and directions to reduce any further distractions.
- Roadside assistance memberships can be a real lifesaver should you have a breakdown. This can also save you time, so consider investing in one.