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The Heat is On: Memorial Day Forecast Points to Sizzlin’ Summer Travel

The Heat is On: Memorial Day Forecast Points to Sizzlin’ Summer Travel AAA expects 39.2 million people will travel for the unofficial start of summer #trafficsafety #MemorialDay #weekendtravel Roads Will Be Busy

INRIX predicts drivers will encounter the longest travel delays before the holiday weekend, particularly during the afternoons on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27. Drivers in major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip.

“Even with a significant increase in gas prices, we expect a large jump in holiday driving compared to the last few years”, says Bob Pishue, Transportation Analyst, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion on major roadways around big cities and popular destinations. Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.” Worst Corridors and Times to Travel Metro Area Corridor Peak Congestion % Over Normal Atlanta I-85 S, Clairmont Rd to MLK Dr 5/26/22, 3:30-5:30pm 128% Boston I-93 S, Purchase St to MA-24 5/26/22, 2:30-4:30pm 110% Chicago I-290 E, IL-110 to Racine Ave 5/26/22, 3:30-5:30pm 131% Detroit I-96 W, 6 Mile Rd to Walled Lake 5/27/22, 3:00-5:00pm 65% Houston I-69 N, I-610 to I-10 5/27/22, 4:45-6:45pm 88% Los Angeles I-5 S, Colorado St to Florence Ave 5/27/22, 4:45-6:45pm 123% New York I-278 W, Long Island Express to 39th St 5/26/22, 3:15-5:15pm 161% San Francisco I-80 W, Gilman St to Civic Center 5/26/22, 5:45-7:45pm 105% Seattle I-5 S, WA-18 to WA-7 5/27/22, 5:00-7:00pm 112% Washington DC I-95 S, I-495 to VA-123 5/26/22, 3:45-5:45pm 77% Source: INRIX

Daily Worst and Best Times to Travel Day Worst Time Best Time Thursday 1:00-8:00pm Before 6:00am or After 9:00pm Friday 12:00-7:00pm Before 7:00am or After 9:00pm Saturday 1:00-6:00pm Before 10:00am Sunday 1:00-4:00pm Before 10:00am Monday 1:00-4:00pm Before 11:00am Source: INRIX

Ellen Edmonds Manager, AAA Public Relations 407-444-8011 5/17/2022

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