Tips For Traveling On The Road... Memorial Day Weekend
Published May 24th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - Most people are getting their maps and hitting the road as opposed to traveling through the airways. In the state of Florida alone. 1.6 million people will drive at least 50 miles away from home, according to AAA. That's 9 out of 10 travelers. So we can definitely say watch out for traffic this weekend.
People in North Central Florida are packing their bags and taking their cars out for a ride. Family and friends are squeezing in and making room for one more this memorial weekend. Alice Collier with AAA says there's a reason for that. Gas price averages in florida fell 5 cents in the last five days, making driving the cheaper option. With gas prices dropping a tad bit that means we will see more people on the roads. Collier said, "Right now for the state of florida we are predicting that 1.6 million people be on the roads driving an automobile, which is about 9 out of ten people... Traveling more than 50 miles."
Cara Vance and Laurie Kellermann are good friends traveling with their families. They are planing a trip to St Augustine. "There's great fishing there. And we got the beach afterwards which is right across the street. We get the best of both worlds." st augustine if you want to go to the city is fabulous because of all the things down there which is historical and you get the beach and the beautiful restaurants.
Even though traffic delays are certain, these girlfriends are hoping to beat the system as they already know their way around town. Vance said, "We know all the little back roads from here to there, and we go by the camp blanding... It's only about an hour in a half away. So the worst traffic can be what? 2 hours?"
Here are some safety tips we got from the AAA, when traveling on the road. Make sure you're car has gotten a check up. Clear your windshields, we dont want any love bugs blocking your visibility. And dont forget stay away from distracted driving.
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