Nearly 43 million Americans will get away over Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA. And, the long holiday weekend will see the second-highest travel volume since the motoring club began tracking in 2000. Overall, an additional 1.50 million people will travel compared to 2018 — a 3.6% increase.
Despite rising gas prices, which are inching closer to the $3-per-gallon mark, the vast majority of holiday travelers (37.60 million people, or 88% of all travelers) will drive to their destinations. That’s 3.5% more automobile travelers than last year and a new record.
AAA expects to be called on to rescue more than 353,000 motorists at the roadside over Memorial Day weekend. Dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts will be the leading reasons.