Memorial Day Weekend Bringing Motivation to America!

By: Brandon Roberts / May 24, 2018

Well, the kickoff to summer is finally here! It’s Memorial Day weekend and families are packing up the cars and hitting the roads for one of the highest traveled holidays of the year.  But will this year’s holiday weekend be as highly traveled as past years? The answer is yes, and by near-record numbers!

Despite the highest gas prices at the pumps since 2014, the expectation is for more than 41.5 million Americans to travel this holiday weekend. To put that into perspective, that is 5% more than last year and the most in over a decade. As an FYI for those of you who will not be vacationing and instead continuing your normal commute to work, this Thursday the 24th and Friday the 25th is anticipated to be the busiest and most congested part of the holiday, so you may want to hop in the car a little earlier to make it to work on time.

Below you can take a look at the expectations for some areas that may be near you or that you may be traveling to.

Worst Days/Times to Travel

Metro Area

Worst Day for Travel

Worst Time for Travel

Delay Multiplier of Normal Trip

Atlanta, GA

Thursday, May 24

3:30 – 5:30 PM


Houston, TX

Thursday, May 24

4:30 – 6:00 PM 1.5x
Boston, MA

Thursday, May 24

4:30 – 6:30 PM


Washington, DC

Thursday, May 24

4:30 – 7:00 PM


New York, NY

Friday, May 25

3:30 – 6:30 PM


Detroit, MI

Friday, May 25

4:00 – 5:30 PM


Chicago, IL

Friday, May 25

4:00 – 6:00 PM





Source: INRIX

The question is with these high gas prices, why would so many Americans want to hit the road in turn for more visits to the gas station? Could it be that hotels and car rentals are both nearly 10% cheaper than previous years? Maybe cheaper expenses could play a part in so many Americans hitting the road. But according to AAA’s Senior Vice President Bill Sutherland, it could be a result of motivation due in fact to our economy. Mr. Sutherland was quoted in saying that, “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

So what does this all mean for our industry and our customers? Demand, demand, demand and potential for delays. If you see your friendly fuel transporter on the road today scoot over and let that fuel get to the pumps. Happy Memorial Day everyone!





Categories: Memorial Day, Fuel, Gas Prices

Brandon Roberts

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Brandon Roberts

Commercial & Industrial Fuel Sales Rep, Commercial Sales

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