LIMA – AAA expects that this weekend on Remembrance Day will be the busiest since 2019, despite rising fuel prices.
The agency estimates that nearly 1.5 million Ohio residents will travel at least 50 miles from home, up 6.9% from last summer as Ohio gradually returns to pandemic trends.
“Remembrance Day is always a good predictor of what awaits us on summer travel,” Paul Twiddale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, said in a press release Tuesday. “According to our forecasts, summer trips are not just heated, they will burn. People are overdue, and they are trying to catch up with much-needed R&D in the coming months. ”
Travelers should anticipate busy roads: AAA expects 92% of Ohio travelers to drive to their destination, a slight decrease from last summer, which could still lead to increased travel time, especially for those traveling through major subway areas during rush hour.
INRIX, a transport analytics company, expects the biggest traffic to be in the afternoon on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27.
Travelers should expect higher costs for everything from pumps to airline tickets and hotels, although, according to AAA estimates, average daily car rental rates have dropped since last summer to about $ 100 a day at the lowest rates.
Fuel prices will be especially difficult for travelers: last weekend on Remembrance Day a gallon of unleaded petrol in Lima cost an average of $ 2.90, according to price tracker GasBuddy.
The average price per gallon of unleaded gasoline in Lima on Tuesday was $ 4.26, up 13 cents from the previous week, GasBuddy estimates.