AAA offers safe rides home over Memorial Day weekend in South Bend

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2018

According to gasbuddy.com, the lowest gas prices in Bakersfield could be found at Costco and Sam's Club, at $3.25 a gallon.

"There's consumer confidence right now that that is this is a very robust economy and traveling, even though gasoline is currently selling in Louisiana about 15 cents more than this time past year".

The 88 percent of travelers choosing to drive will pay the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014.

The rise in gas prices has put a damper on travel plans this summer as more Americans are planning staycations instead of hitting the road, GasBuddy's 2018 Summer Travel survey reports. "And with prices going up day by day, if you need gas, get it now".

Today and Friday are expected to be the busiest days for travel. That group said only 58 percent of respondents said they likely will take a road trip this summer, down 24 percent from a year ago.

Drivers beware: Worst times to hit the road.

Meagan Jolly of Rock City Gardens said it's expecting a lot of visitors, as the Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the Lookout Mountain attraction's busiest. For example, the Bank of America Cash Rewards credit card offers 3% cash back on gas, compared to 2% at grocery stores and 1% on other purchases, according to WalletHub. Wintz was filing up his RV at the service plaza in preparation of his Memorial Day trip to Freehold, N.J., for a weekend of dog shows. Travelers can expect some relief when paying for airfare, vehicle rentals and most mid-range hotels. And flyers will pay less for airfare and auto rentals.

And those numbers don't even include people who are traveling less than 50 miles, according to AAA.

Overall attendance so far this year is up over last year, she said. The AAA saying hotel and airfare costs make up for it, with airfares down 7% and many hotels reducing prices by 14% from previous year.

From the "My Sheetz Card" to the Harris Teeter grocery to fuel program you can save over time or instantly at the pump.

Top Memorial Day travel destinations.

Orlando again tops this year's list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the US, based on AAA advance travel bookings.

If you're among the masses headed out of town on Friday for the long holiday weekend, make sure to plan ahead and leave extra time for your trip.

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