The Memorial Day holiday weekend begins Friday afternoon, and AAA of the Carolinas says higher gas prices are not stopping travelers in what are expected to be record-setting numbers.
AAA says more than 977,000 North Carolina motorists are expected to be on the road this weekend. The number represents a 1.8% increase over last year’s Memorial Day holiday and is the highest number in nine years. At the same time, gas prices are about 20 cents a gallon higher than this time a year ago.
Tom Crosby of AAA says harsh winter weather has also left many car batteries weak, and he predicts more than 13,000 motorists in the two Carolinas will call his organization for assistance.
Crosby also encourages driving safety, noting that this holiday weekend annually averages more than 400 traffic deaths and 42,000 significant injuries nationally.
Also on Memorial Day Monday, most local, state and federal government offices will be closed for the holiday. Banks, post offices and Montgomery County Schools will be closed.