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AAA: 43M Americans expected to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

Ed Welsh, of AAA, says Orlando is the No. 1 destination this weekend; New York City is No. 2.

Posted: May 21, 2019 12:32 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- AAA is expecting nearly 43 million Americans will hit the road Memorial Day weekend, and that is the second highest number they've ever recorded.

Ed Welsh, of AAA, says Orlando is the No. 1 destination this weekend; New York City is No. 2.

He says low unemployment and the fact that gas is below $3 a gallon, which is a psychological barrier for many, are contributing to the anticipated high traffic numbers.

“The worst time to be in traffic in NYC will be Thursday, between 4:45 and 6:45,” said Welsh. “Boston and Washington, the worst peaks are on Monday if you were coming back, and those peaks, between 3:45 and 5:45, both cities, and triple the normal traffic during those hours.”

AAA says to prepare before you hit the road by checking your tire pressure and have your car's battery tested. Many people think the cold weather is bad for your battery, but Welsh says the warmer weather isn't great for it.

Also, make sure you have a flashlight with working batteries and your cell charger.

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