Virginians Will Favor Road Trips to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

INRIX predicts travel delays could be up to three times longer than normal over the holiday week

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (May 22, 2018) – With Memorial Day fast approaching, AAA projects over

1.1 million Virginians will be traveling for the holiday. Over 1,036,000 will be taking to the roadways for the holiday weekend. This is the largest number that the Commonwealth has seen since 2005 and drivers will need to pack their patience as they head out.  INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

 

Unfortunately, the 89 percent of travelers choosing to drive will be paying more for fuel, in fact, gas will be at the most expensive Memorial Day prices since 2014. Current gas prices in Virginia are averaging $2.73, an increase of 59 cents from last year.  This is mostly due to expensive crude oil, record gasoline demand and shrinking global supply. These prices are not keeping holiday travelers home though since automobile travel is expected to increase for the fourth straight year and by nearly 5 percent over last Memorial Day.

 

“Despite rising gas prices, travelers will be driving to their destination to enjoy Memorial Day weekend,” said Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

Number of  Virginia Holiday Travelers 

by Mode of Transportation

 

Automobile

 Air

Other

2018

1M

94K

33K

2017

990K

87K

32K

Growth

4.6%

7.4%

0.9%

 

For the 1.1 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip.

 

About INRIX:
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small.

 

As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 330,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia.