Memorial day weekend is just a few days away, and for some of us it has already started. This year many projection organizations (AAA) expect traffic to be the worst is has been in a half decade. An estimated 35.5 million people will travel over 50 miles this weekend which is almost a 5% increase from last year. How many of these people will be driving? The vast majority with 33 million likely to be behind the wheel. With lower gas prices, many will take to the roads searching for beaches and popular vacation destinations. To be exact, the average gas price in New England is around $2.65 down from $3.66 last year and $4.08 in 2008. A weather forecast showing that much of the eastern seaboard will be sunny and dry has many soon-to-be travelers excited and equally dreading the car ride.
With the roads surely going to be congested, there are a few tips to help alleviate the stress that can come with having fun on the first beautiful long weekend of the summer.
1. Travel Off Peak
Visiting your family down the shore? Leave late on Friday or before the crack of dawn on Saturday to miss the masses on the roads.
2. Take Mass Transit
The more people that ride in buses, and on trains, the less cars on the road. That means a faster travel time for everyone. Plus it gives you time to put a dent in your beach book on the way, instead of having to drive and focus on the road.
3. Pack snacks or a Lunch
Traffic can be time consuming. To cut down on time you might spend at a rest stop, pack snacks or sandwiches to stay your hunger so the trip can keep moving.
4. Books On Tape
If you need to drive, try a book on tape to help the time pass by. When occupying your mind in a story, it takes it off the time you’re spending in the car. The trip will move faster.
5. Quality Time
Think of the time you’re spending stuck in bumper to bumper traffic as a great bonding experience for whoever you’re riding with. Much of our time is occupied by work, so enjoy what personal time you can manage with your travelling companion.
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