This year traffic is expected to be a lot heavier on this Memorial Day holiday, according to American Automobile Association [AAA]
It is reported American traveling is expected to rebound significantly due to the more Americans being vaccinated, slowing the spread of the coronavirus. More than 37 million Americans is expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this year a 60% increase compared to last year when only 23 million traveled during the early stages of the pandemic as reported by the nonprofit auto club.
Paula Twidale senior vice president for AAA, said in a news release:
This pent-up demand will result in a significant increase in Memorial Day travel, which is a strong indicator for summer, though we must all remember to continue taking important safety precautions,” Twidale said.
The AAA notes this year’s expected travel level would mark a 13% drop from 2009, when 43 million traveled. Although Memorial Day is Monday May 31, AAA includes Thursday through Monday in its travel projections.
Popular destinations for road trips are Las Vegas, Orlando, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Denver and Nashville, Tennessee, according to AAA.
While Americans will take that long awaited trip, expect to pay more for gas at the pump. Since the sudden shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline that delivers about 45% of the fuel to the East Coast, driving up gas prices and tighten supply. However, it is not certain that this would affect holiday travel.
Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs at AAA Northeast said if most pipeline service is restored by the end of the week, as the company expects, there should be enough time to replenish supply and avoid significant holiday disruptions,” he said in a news release. Albert said that the pipeline went back online late Wednesday afternoon, though it is not expected to be at full capacity until the weekend and is expected to take several days for the supply chain to catch up.
According to AAA, travelers should be mindful that some local and state COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place. Travelers can refer to AAA’ COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map and TripTik.AAA.com for the latest information to help plan their trip.