posted on May 25, 2012 16:17
If you’re planning on doing some traveling this weekend expect roadways to be busy. AAA is predicting an increase in holiday travel this Memorial day weekend.
The company expects travel to increase about 1.2% percent from last year. Even with gas prices being what they are it’s expected that about 34.8 million Americans will be making trips about 50 miles from home.
Public Affairs Specialist for AAA Western and Central New York Steve Pacer said people are cutting back in other areas to offset the price of gas.
"Holiday is mainly traveled by car. 88% of people take their car. So obviously gas prices are going to impact some people and people that do say that gas prices are a little bit high, well they're not only staying with friends and family they are also trying to get the deals in other areas. They’re trying to stay at a lower priced hotel or maybe even a hotel that offers free breakfast or free internet to try and offset some of that cost," said Pacer.
Pacer said gas prices may seem high now, but they are down from last year.
During last years holiday weekend the average price of gas was $4.07 which is higher compared to the current average $3.91 a gallon.