The Worst Time to Drive for Memorial Day . . . Is Probably the Time You Want to Hit the Road

If you’re planning a road trip for Memorial Day weekend, you should know that EVERYONE is planning a road trip for Memorial Day.

Triple-A says that this Memorial Day weekend, 43.8 million Americans are expected travel at least 50 miles.  That’s up 4% from last year . . . and it’s close to the all-time record of 44 million, which was set in May of 2005.

3.5 million people are expected to fly, which is up 5% from last year . . . and Triple-A says, “THIS Memorial Day will be the busiest at airports since 2005.”

If you’re DRIVING, they also released the best times to hit the road.  Naturally, the busiest times are when YOU would also like to go.

On Thursday and Friday, the BEST times to travel by car are before 11:00 A.M., while the times to avoid are between Noon and 6:00 P.M.

Traffic should be lighter on Saturday . . . but Sunday and Monday will also be crazy.  Again, the worst times are mid-day, between 3:00 and 7:00 P.M.

The best times are before 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, or after 7:00 P.M. on Monday.

Triple-A says drivers can expect “similar gas prices as last year,” when the national average was roughly $3.57.  Prices were up a little earlier this spring, but have been steady in recent weeks.