Best and worst Memorial Day weekend driving hours?

Many folks will travel this weekend before Memorial Day.

AAA expects 37.1 million drivers this weekend, 6% higher than last year. In 2023, 2 million more individuals took road journeys, whereas 2019's statistics were 500,000 higher.

AAA says that Friday, May 26, is the busiest day to drive, using INRIX data. Leave before noon or after 6 p.m.

AAA says Friday between 3 and 6 p.m. is the worst time to travel. AAA predicts little weekend traffic.

Driving is greatest and worst on holidays. AAA stated 12–3 p.m. On Memorial Day, drive before 10 a.m. Mondays are the worst.

“With cheaper gasoline and more visitors on the road compared to last year, drivers ought to anticipate long delays this holiday weekend.

Especially around the major urban areas as workers mix with Memorial Day travelers,” said INRIX traffic expert Bob Pishue in a AAA statement. 

Drivers may prevent traffic stress by anticipating congestion. Avoid busy hours or choose other routes.”

AAA predicts peak congestion on Rte. 3 on Monday around 8 p.m. for Cape visitors returning home. Travel time may be 2 hours and 12 minutes, up 89% over last year.

AAA predicts more Americans will utilize buses and trains this year than last. 1.85 million will ride public transit, up 20.6% from last year.

“This is projected to be the third-busiest Memorial Day weekend on record since 2000, when AAA began tracking holiday travel.

Despite inflation, Americans are booking vacations early. Airports may set records this summer."


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