Prepare For Busy Roads This Memorial Day Weekend

Posted at 4:59 AM, May 25, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– High gas prices aren’t stopping millions of drivers across the country from hitting the road this holiday weekend.

Friday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year, so along with your bags… pack your patience.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but for many families, the summer feeling starts today as people pack up to head out of town.

AAA expects more than 40 million Americans to travel somewhere this weekend, and 36 million of those will be driving.

This, despite gas prices drifting near three dollars a gallon in the Lexington area, and even higher in other spots.

Cheryl Parker with AAA says a number of factors, including a rise in price of crude oil, demand, and even geopolitics are to blame, but even at $3 that won’t stop too many drivers.

"But whatever the price is now, we anticipate the prices continuing to rise as the summer travel season progresses"

Parker does say that hotel and rental car costs are actually lower this summer, so that may ease the pain in the pump a little bit.

She suggests to head out sometime after morning rush hour, but way before the afternoon traffic jam to avoid more traffic.