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Taking a road trip Memorial Day weekend? Here's the worst time to get on the road

More than 3 million Texans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, crowding roads, airports and more.
More than 3 million Texans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, crowding roads, airports and more. AP

Planning on hitting the road to get out of town for Memorial Day weekend?

Just avoid getting on the road late in the afternoon on Thursday or Friday.

Those are expected to be the busiest travel times for motorists, when holiday travelers join regular commuters on the roads, according to AAA Texas.

"U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic," said Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research for INRIX, a global transportation analytics company that worked with AAA to determine the worst time to travel. "Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday.

"Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether — traveling late morning or early afternoon — or plan alternate routes."

This comes as AAA predicts that 3.4 million Texans, and at least 41.5 million Americans, will travel somewhere this holiday weekend — the most travelers on this holiday, they say, in more than a dozen years.

Not all those trips will be done in cars. They'll also be on planes and boats.

Apparently the cost of gasoline — which averaged $2.72 in April, up 33 cents per gallon from last year — isn't impacting travel plans this weekend.

"Rising gas prices are not discouraging Texans from traveling this Memorial Day," Kent Livesay, AAA Texas vice president/general manager, said in a statement. "A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are motivating Texans to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season."

The top five travel destinations this weekend: Orlando, Seattle, Honolulu, Las Vegas and Anchorage, according to AAA.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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