AAA Texas: Drivers should expect delays as holiday traffic expected to increase by 60%

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In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 photo, traffic stacks up on a highway in Dallas. An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion additional hours sitting in traffic in 2011. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute released a report Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 that found Americans are adapting to road congestion […]

2.8 million Texans to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

TEXAS (Nexstar)- AAA Travel is expecting a substantial increase in the number of Texans planning to travel for Memorial Day weekend. 

As a reminder, AAA Texas is advising drivers to expect delays. 

From May 27 through May 31, nearly three million people across the Lone Star State are projected to travel 50 miles or more from home, a 60% jump from last year. Of those three million Texans choosing to take a trip during the 5-day holiday weekend, 93% will be taking a road trip.

Afternoon congestion has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels in many metropolitan areas. Therefore, with the surge of holiday travelers to the typical afternoon commute,
drivers in the larger metros should expect longer delays heading into this holiday weekend.

Before taking a road trip, prep your wallet for higher gas prices, prep your car for safety

For the 2.8 million Texans expected to travel by car this Memorial Day, gas prices are trending more than $1 per gallon higher than last year, when demand plummeted as much of the country was under stay-at-home orders.

However, at $2.73, the statewide gas price average in Texas is relatively in line with prices seen on Memorial Day weekend 2018.

“Gas prices will not deter motorists this holiday season as millions of Texans are excited to take a road trip again,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas spokesperson. “Fuel prices in Texas are similar to those seen on Memorial Day in 2018.”

As demand increases, gas stations are working to adjust delivery schedules to keep pace. However, some stations may see low to no supply at pumps for a few days.

Drivers should also make sure their vehicles are road ready. Check tire pressure, check or change the oil, make sure all fluid levels are where they should be before hitting the road. 

AAA expects to rescue more than 468,000 Americans at the roadside this Memorial Day weekend. Nearly 19,000 of those rescues are expected to take place in Texas.

Don’t leave home without an emergency roadside kit, first aid kit, and water and extra snacks.

Drivers in need can request help by phone or text as 1-800-AAA-HELP.  

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