After a long, harsh winter in many parts of the Lone Star State more Texans will be traveling this Memorial Day Weekend compared to last year. AAA Texas forecasts 3 million Texans will pack their bags and head out of town for the unofficial start of the 2014 summer travel season. That is a 2.1 percent increase compared to last year's Memorial Day travel period. The Memorial Day travel period is five days from Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26, and includes journeys of 50 miles or more away from home during that timeframe.
"Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember the men and women who've sacrificed their lives for our freedoms," said AAA Texas Vice President Branch Operations Rhonda Wilson. "This holiday weekend is also an opportunity for many people to travel to spend quality time with friends and family. As they prepare to do so, AAA Texas branch staff across the state look forward to helping travelers save time and money on Memorial Day trips and on all their summer vacations ahead."
A recent AAA travel survey shows all modes of transportation expected this Memorial Day weekend will be up from last year:
- Auto Travel - 2.6 million Up 2.1%
- Air Travel - 219,324 Up 1.5%
- Other Travel (Bus, Train or Cruise Ship) - 159,344 Up 9.7%
Among the top activities for people over the holiday weekend include: visiting friends and family, dining, shopping, going to a beach or waterfront, and touring or sightseeing.
AAA Texas supports the Texas Department of Transportation's Click It or Ticket campaign which is underway through Sunday, June 1. During this time, law enforcement officers across the state will be looking for and ticketing unbuckled drivers and passengers in a "zero tolerance" effort to raise safety awareness and prevent fatalities. AAA Texas reminds drivers and passengers that Texas law requires everyone in vehicles to be buckled up - both in the front and back seats.
AAA Texas also offers the following tips for travelers:
- To decrease the likelihood of a break down, AAA recommends motorists have their vehicle serviced regularly based on the manufacturer's recommended schedule and identify a quality repair shop. Motorists can either look for the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA Approved shop online at: www.AAA.com/repair.
- Make sure you don't miss out on nearby attractions during your road trip and plan your gas station stops to save money with AAA's online TripTik at www.AAA.com/TripTik or use the free AAA TripTik Mobile app available for Android devices, iPhones and iPads. Visit AAA.com/mobile. The app and Web site provide updated gas prices for thousands of stations around the U.S., and also includes TourBook information on locations of attractions, events and AAA Diamond-rated lodgings and restaurants.
- AAA Members can download free AAA eTourBook guides at AAA.com/ebooks and sync them to their smartphones or ereader devices for on-the-go use. Each new digital guidebook highlights a top North American travel destination with listings for AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants; AAA Editor's Picks for attractions, events and nightlife; and other exclusive AAA travel information.