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Here's The Best & Worst Time To Travel Over Memorial Weekend!

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Over Memorial Day weekend, AAA reports a 4% increase in travelers compared to last year. The estimate accounts for individuals embarking on journeys of at least 50 miles from home between May 23 and May 27, 2024. This year's projected numbers approach the record set in 2005, with approximately 44 million Memorial Day travelers, as per the motor club association.

To navigate the roads smoothly, AAA advises drivers departing on Thursday or Friday to start their journey early to avoid congestion during peak commuting hours. For those returning home on Sunday or Monday, it's recommended to plan travel times outside of the afternoon rush, when the volume of return trips reaches its peak.

According to AAA, the most congested times to drive are as follows:

  • Thursday, May 23 – Between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24 – Between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 25 – Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 26 – Between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Monday, May 27 – Between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

For those planning road trips over Memorial Day weekend, AAA suggests paying attention to the optimal times to embark on their journey.

  • Thursday, May 23 – Leave before 11 a.m., or after 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24 – Leave before 11 a.m., or after 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 25 – Leave before 1 p.m., or after 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 26 – Leave before 1 p.m.
  • Monday, May 27 – Leave after 7 p.m.

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