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Holiday Travel Volume Expected to be up 5.5%
DEARBORN, MI  (June 21, 2018) –  AAA  projects nearly 1.6 million Michiganders will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday.  That represents a 5.5% increase compared to last year and the highest number of travelers since AAA began tracking 18 years ago.
As Michiganders get ready to kick off one of the most popular times to vacation in Michigan, here are the numbers:
Michigan By the Numbers: 2018 Independence Day Holiday Travel Forecast

“We are already seeing a busy summer travel season and Independence Day will be no exception,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Consumers remain confident in the economy and have additional disposable income to put toward a summer getaway.”
In addition to strong economic variables, the expected increase in travelers this year is helped by Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, giving travelers more flexibility to schedule a trip the weekend before or after the holiday. The Independence Day holiday period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.
Drivers Beware: Terrible Tuesday
INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the worst congestion over the holiday week on Tuesday, July 3 in the late afternoon – as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Travel times could increase two-fold in the major metros across the U.S., with drivers in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. experiencing the most significant delays.
“With a record-level number of travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers must be prepared for delays around major metros,” says Scott Sedlik, general manager and vice president - public sector, INRIX. “Although travel times are expected to nominally increase throughout the week, Tuesday afternoon will hands down be the worst time to be on the road. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commuting hours altogether or consider alternative routes.”
Worst Days/Times to Travel
Metro Area Worst Day for Travel Worst Time for Travel Delay Multiplier of Normal Trip
San Francisco, CA Tuesday, July 3 3:00 - 6:00 PM 1.7x
Seattle, WA Tuesday, July 3 3:00 - 6:00 PM 1.8x
Detroit, MI Tuesday, July 3 3:30 - 5:30 PM 1.6x
Los Angeles, CA Tuesday, July 3 3:30 - 5:30 PM 2x
Boston, MA Tuesday, July 3 3:30 - 6:30 PM 1.8x
New York, NY Tuesday, July 3 3:30 - 6:30 PM 2.3x
Atlanta, GA Tuesday, July 3 4:00 - 6:00 PM 1.6x
Chicago, IL Tuesday, July 3 4:00 - 6:00 PM 1.7x
Washington, DC Tuesday, July 3 4:00 - 6:00 PM 2.1x
Houston, TX Tuesday, July 3 4:30 - 6:30 PM 1.8x
      Source: INRIX

Higher Gas Prices Not Deterring Travelers
Although Michigan gas prices are higher than last year,  they have remained somewhat steady for the past few weeks. The current statewide average of  $2.95 is unchanged compared to last week and 66 cents more than last year.
Based on recent AAA surveys and analysis, AAA believes that higher gas prices will not deter Michiganders from traveling this Independence Day holiday. In order to enjoy summer travel and well-deserved time off, motorists may seek other ways to adjust their budgets like shaving a day or two off their vacation, shortening the mileage of their trip, eating in or at less expensive restaurants and finding other ways to save.

AAA urges all media outlets to share this important travel information and links through their news programs, websites and social media platforms.

AAA’s Travel Forecast and Projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2018 Independence Day holiday travel forecast is available here.
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