AAA: Gas prices lower for Memorial Day weekend travel

May 22, 2019 GMT

Millions of people across the country are preparing to hit the road for the Memorial Day holiday, and lower gas prices will be a nice surprise for drivers.

According to AAA travel experts, nearly 43 million people will spend the weekend away from home, and the vast majority are expected to drive to their destinations.

AAA also found that more people will be filling up their tanks this Memorial Day weekend compared to last.

Travel officials say a record number of drivers will be on the road -- the highest number since 2000. Luckily, gas prices will be a little lower when compared to Memorial Day weekend last year. In the Triangle, the lowest gas prices were just above $2.50, according to WRAL’s Fuel Tracker.


According to AAA, when it comes to traffic, the worst time to drive will be Thursday and Friday in the late afternoons, because many drivers will leave work early and mix with holiday travelers.

In North Carolina, the beach is a popular Memorial Day destination.

You can check gas prices before you leave town with the WRAL Fuel Tracker.