HAMILTON, N.J – Approximately 914,000 New Jersey residents will travel 50 miles or more for the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2013, a slight decrease of .06% 919,000 that traveled in 2012. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27.
“The majority of New Jerseyans, 828,650, plan to travel by automobile, this figure is relatively flat from the 828,300 that drove to their holiday destination last year,” according to Tracy E. Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “However the recent increase in gas prices is not going to deter the 90% of Memorial Day travelers who will be venturing out by automobile this holiday weekend.”
“AAA is projecting that nine out of ten holiday travelers will take to the nation’s roadways during the Memorial Day holiday weekend and New Jersey is no exception,” Noble stated. “The roadways throughout the Garden State will be congested with both residents and non-residents alike, most likely heading to the shore areas.”
Impact of gasoline prices on travel plans
A survey of intended travelers found that gasoline prices would have no impact on plans for 62 percent of travelers. Of the remaining 38 percent of travelers who said gas prices would impact their travel plans, 27 percent plan to economize in other areas. Eight percent are planning to take a shorter trip and three percent will travel by an alternate mode of transportation.
The current New Jersey average price for regular gasoline is $3.43, compared to $3.60 this time last year.
Average travel distance significantly less than last year
According to the survey of intending travelers, the average distance traveled by Americans during the Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to be 690 miles, which is 48 miles more than last year’s average of 642 miles.
Nationally, AAA projects the number of Americans traveling for the Memorial Day 2013 holiday weekend to decrease 0.9% compared to 2013. Approximately 34.8 million travelers are projected to take a trip of 50 or more miles away from home. Last year, 35.13 million Americans traveled during the same period.
- New Jersey—828,643 (90% of all travelers), flat compared to 828,331 compared to the same period 2012.
- Nationally—31.2 million (89% of all travelers), a .25% increase from the 31.1 million who drove last year.
- New Jersey—56,350 (6.2% of all travelers), down 6.75% from last year.
- Nationally—2.3 million (7% of all travelers), an 8% decrease from Memorial Day Weekend 2012.
Train, Bus, Watercraft or Multi-Modal Travel
- New Jersey—28,736 (3% of all travelers), down 5.9% from 2012.
- Nationally—About 1.3 million (4% of all travelers), a decrease of 12% from the 2012 holiday weekend.
Travelers concerned about how fuel prices will impact their travel budget can use AAA’s free, GPS-based TripTik® Mobile application to compare prices for all grades of gasoline at nearby stations. TripTik Mobile is available for iPhone and Android devices. Travelers may also use TripTik Mobile to get maps and directions, AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotel and restaurant information complete with AAA inspector notes, plus details about attractions, events and Approved Auto Repair facilities.