Florida Anticipates Record Travel for Memorial Day Weekend, Tips for Best & Worst Road Times
Almost 2.4 million Floridians are expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend, which will set a new travel record, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Approximately 2.1 million Floridians will hit the road, while another 208,000 are expected to fly. Memorial Day is the kick-off to a busy summer travel season, and despite inflationary pressures, consumer spending remains strong, and Americans still seek travel opportunities. There has been a surge in demand beyond pre-pandemic levels in Florida, said Debbie Haas, vice president of Travel for AAA.
The nearly 2.4 million Floridians travelling for the holiday will cover 50 miles or more. Given that Memorial Day is a federal holiday, it presents a perfect opportunity for people to venture out and travel. As per AAA, Friday, May 26th will be the busiest day on the roads. Therefore, motorists need to be that little bit more cautious, as traffic volumes will likely be high.
Given the ongoing pandemic, travellers are urged to heed CDC guidelines and continue exercising sufficient caution when travelling. Ground travellers are encouraged to map out their routes, be wary of peak traffic hours, and have adequate rest before taking to the road. Motorists should check tire pressure and keep a feasible (though not crowded) car kit consisting of essential elements like water, back-up phone charger, and emergency supplies.
While travel may be enticing this Memorial Day, safety remains a top priority. Following CDC guidelines, travellers should maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene. Moreover, travellers are also required to determine vaccination requirements, which can impact travel plans. Therefore, before leaving, travellers are encouraged to do their due diligence regarding the requirements and risks associated with their chosen destinations.
It’s essential to be mindful of potential risks of travelling at the moment, but for those who have been vaccinated, travel may be a safe option. Thus, it’s important to prioritize safety and follow guidelines while also enjoying the holiday season. The pandemic is still present, but it’s important to keep living and enjoying life while also adhering to the necessary guidelines.