Memorial Travel Expected to Rise Despite High Gas Prices

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — As memorial day weekend begins, AAA is expecting 39.2 million people to take to the road.

This is an 8.3 percent increase over memorial day last year.

“The majority of Tennesseans — about 87% of that 800,000 people — are planning on taking a road trip. And it’s a similar trend for nationwide, as well. So, those who are planning for memorial day — more than likely they are planning a road trip,” said AAA Representative Megan Cooper.

There are going to be a lot more people hitting the road this year than there were last year, but the volume of travelers is not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels.

“The numbers we’ve forecast for this year are falling, really, in line with the numbers we’re seeing from 2017. So, we’re not back to where we were pre-pandemic, but we are definitely seeing increases compared to what we saw last year.”

This rise in travel is despite record-high gas prices.

Sticker shock does not appear to have deterred people from taking road trips, but the US Energy Information Administration has reported a slight decline in demand for gas.

“That could be because people are waiting to travel this weekend. You know, maybe they’re not out and about as much as they typically would be. It could also mean that people are starting to change those driving behaviors because of the very high gas prices.”

88.9% of those travelling this weekend will be doing so by automobile.

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