The American Auto Association, best known as AAA, expects that 36.1 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Memorial Day kicks off driving season as about eight in ten travelers will be driving to their destinations. The Memorial Day travel period begins on Thursday and ends on Monday, May 26.

AAA offered some interested statistics on Memorial Day weekend travel, including:

  • The number of people estimated to travel is 2.6 percent higher than the ten-year historical average
  • About 80 percent of travelers will be making it to their destination by automobile
  • About 2.6 million people will be traveling by air
  • About 6.5 percent of travelers will be going on a cruise or taking a train or bus to their destination

If you haven’t booked your trip yet, expect higher prices with air fare, hotels and car rentals; air fare is expected to be 6 percent higher than it was last year. However, drivers can expect to pay less for gas than they did last year.

AAA is offering travelers use of a mobile device app that can help travelers route their trip, find gas prices and discounts, book and hotel and access roadside assistance. However, to take advantage of all these offers you have to be an AAA member.

In 2012, there were more than 450 car accidents reported in Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend, 11 percent of which were due to alcohol.

The Tulsa personal injury attorneys at the Edwards Law Firm would like to remind travelers to drive safely this weekend and never drink and drive. If you or a loved one are injured in a Memorial Day auto accident, contact us at 800.304.9246 to determine what your legal rights are.