Memorial Day travel down overall, while automobile travel increases

Friday, May 24, 2013

A recent report from AAA Travel predicts that 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, accounting for a 0.9 percent decrease from the 35.1 million Americans who traveled last year for the holiday weekend. 

The report noted that the decline in travel is primarily due the 8 percent decrease in air travel expected this year compared to last year.

"AAA is forecasting Memorial Day travel to be slightly lower this year due to an up and down economy, the impact of the end of the payroll tax holiday on working families and a 30-year low in the percentage of working-age people in the workforce," said AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet. "Additionally, economic growth in the first quarter was strong, but the impact of the sequester is now beginning to be felt, resulting in reduced economic growth expectations. These and other variables are expected to result in few travelers this holiday."

The number of people hitting the road is expected to increase this Memorial Day weekend. According to AAA, approximately 31.2 million people plan on driving to their holiday destination, up 0.25 percent from the amount of drivers last year. AAA noted that nine out of 10 travelers this Memorial Day will be driving. Those hitting the road with families for a long road trip will want to add a little extra protection to their car's interior. Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats will protect from spills and make cleaning easy.

Traveling helps a relationship
A separate study showed that those looking to improve their relationships might want to hit the road this Memorial Day. A survey from YourTango.com showed that 90 percent of couples who went on a road trip together said the experience strengthened their relationship.

Of the travelers, 50 percent used a sedan. Ford commissioned the study and highlighted how its Fusion is the perfect car for couples hitting the road.

"More and more couples are taking road trips due to the high cost of airfare and because it gives you the opportunity to take your vehicle with you to explore new places," says Samantha Hoyt, Fusion marketing manager. "We're excited most couples choose a sedan to travel in, and we've designed Fusion to meet the needs of couples who enjoy getaways by providing an inviting and comfortable interior in a car that is really fun to drive."