Virginia Hits the Road With 1.2 Million Travelers This Holiday Weekend

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (May 22, 2019) – This year, nearly 1.2 million people will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend and traveling to be with family and friends, representing a 3.6 percent increase from the past year. This will be the second highest recorded travel volume since AAA began recording in 2000. People in the Commonwealth will either be traveling the roads, rails and/or runways. Close to one million people are choosing to use the roads to get to their destination.

 

Number of Virginia Holiday Travelers 

by Mode of Transportation

 

Automobile

Air

Other

2018

1M

93K

31.7K

2019

1.1M

97K

31.8K

Growth

3.6%

5.2%

0.2%

Higher gas prices won’t keep holiday travelers home
Gas prices have increased by 14 cents since April with the Virginia average 2.59 per gallon as of May 21, 2019. Over 89% of travelers will choose to drive to their Memorial Day destinations this year.

 

Drivers beware: Worst times to hit the road

For the one million Virginians traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24 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, while New Yorkers and Washington, D.C., could see three times the delay.

 

“With so many people using the roads this long holiday weekend, it is important to stay safe and arrive at your destination alive. Distracted drivers increase the risk on the road for themselves and others around them,” said Georjeane Blumling, vice president of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “If you see your driver getting distracted say something.”

 

  • Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated. The consequences could be the same: Put aside electronic distractions and never use text messaging, email, video games or internet functions, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.
  • Know where you’re going: Pre-program your GPS and adjust seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before putting the car in motion.
  • Snack Smart: Avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.
  • Secure Items: Properly secure children and pets and store loose possessions and other items that could roll around in the car.

 

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.