Busier New England Roads Expected This Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2017

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of what AAA calls the official driving season, and New England residents can expect an increase in people on the roads.

According to AAA Northeast, close to 1.6 million New Englanders will travel more than 50 miles by car this weekend, a 3 percent increase from last year.

AAA attributed the expected uptick to better economic conditions boosting consumer confidence, and gas prices, which have reached five-year lows.

“The breaking point, or the point at which consumers say, ‘You know that’s too much,’ is probably at least $3 per gallon, if not more,” said AAA spokesman David Rapoza.

Currently, gas in Rhode Island is averaging roughly $2.31 per gallon.  

Rapoza said more cars on the road means an increase in traffic and risky behaviors like speeding.

If your weekend plans involve driving, you may want to leave with at least half an hour to spare.