AAA Reveals Worst Times To Drive In Metro Detroit Over The Holidays

AAA Reveals Worst Times To Drive In Metro Detroit Over The Holidays

It's also an increase of 21.6 million from 2005, showing a consistent track record of growth, and just the third year that the number has topped 100 million. "Travel volume has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend in 2017 - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving - and we project the same for the year-end holiday period".

An additional 10 million people are expected to travel by commuter airlines, train, bus and other modes of transit during the holidays, making 2017 the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel, officials said. This sets a new five-year record high rate for the year-end holiday period.

"We are also seeing that the labor market is doing very well, consumers have more money in their pockets and are more confident. they are spending that money and are contributing more to travel", said AAA spokesperson Tamra Johnson. That's up 3.1 percent from a year ago, Most of these Americans-97.4 million of them-will drive while 6.4 million will fly and 3.6 million will travel by train, bus or cruise ships.

"More expensive gas prices are not swaying holiday revelers to stay home", said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at INRIX, a company that provides navigation and traffic estimates.

The 90 percent of holiday travelers choosing to drive will find the most expensive year-end gas prices since 2014.

Travel Tip: Try to avoid traveling through major cities during peak travel times.

If its estimate is correct, AAA said this will be the highest travel volume for this holiday season on record and a 3.1 percent increase from previous year.

That's despite gas prices being expected to jump almost 40 cents nationally from 2016, from $2.17 to $2.53 per gallon, according to the association's holiday forecast [PDF], produced by IHS Markit. The higher average auto rental cost sets new five-year record high rate for year-end holiday travel.

For those traveling by plane, AAA says it's best to prepare for the crunch - particularly long security lines.

AAA surveyed Nevadans this month to determine local travel trends for the holiday.