The summer travel season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend, and the Auto Club calculates more people will be taking road trips than in any year since 2005.
HITTING THE ROAD
According to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s calculations, local roads will have 3.03 million people this weekend and most will be traveling less than 50 miles. The estimate for statewide travel is 4.89 million people. More travelers will most likely mean longer time in traffic, so the money you save on lower gas prices might be lost to wasted time in traffic jams.
It will be the sixth consecutive year that the number of Memorial Day travelers has grown compared with the previous year, and this year will see the largest number since the all-time record of 3.2 million in Southern California in 2005.
Nationally, travel is expected to increase by 2.7 percent from the same time in 2016.
The chart below shows millions of travelers in the U.S. for Memorial Day weekend, according to the Auto Club. Figures for 2017 are projected.
An estimated 300,000 people will travel by air, which is a 6.2 percent increase from last year.
About 197,000 local travelers are expected to travel by recreational vehicle, cruise ship, bus or train over the weekend.
The top five Memorial Day destinations for Southern Californians:
1. Las Vegas
2. San Diego
3. The Grand Canyon
4. San Francisco
National gas price map
Compared with the rest of the nation California’s gas prices are the highest. Retail prices are around $3 in most of the state. GasBuddy.com, prices from May 22.
Slowing to a crawl
LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER VACATION
Going the distance
The average summer long-distance trip is 284 miles one-way.
78 percent of summer trips are 50-249 miles in length.
11 percent of trips are 250-400 miles
5 percent of trips are 500-999 miles
5 percent of trips are 1,000 miles or more.
Sources: Automobile Club, California Environmental Health Tracking Program, Caltrans, U.S. Bureau of…