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Hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians expected to travel for holiday weekend

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, more Kentuckians are looking to head out on the roads despite high gas prices.
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 11:57 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As we head into Memorial Day weekend, more Kentuckians are looking to head out on the roads despite high gas prices.

“A lot of people said, ‘Hey, we’re taking that trip anyway. We’re going to cut that budget elsewhere.’ Today we’re looking at gas prices that are right around the $4.60 mark nationwide. Here in Kentucky, we’re averaging just under 4.30, said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public affairs manager for AAA of the Bluegrass. “People are cutting the budget in other places but still taking their trips so maybe they won’t dine out quite as much maybe they won’t do as many paid tours whatever it takes.”

Many people have put off traveling because of the pandemic and are finally ready to go on much-needed vacations.

AAA of the Bluegrass says they estimate about 39 million people to travel nationwide this Memorial Day weekend alone, and over 500,000 of them will be Kentuckians.

It’s important to make sure your vehicle is prepared and safe for everyone looking to travel.

“So, they want to make sure that the tires are properly inflated, with plenty of tread on there, make sure your fluids are topped off,” said Jed Bowles, AAA of the Bluegrass fleet manager. “Their batteries are in good working order and that they’ve got a full tank of gas.”

Gas prices are predicted to continue to rise throughout the summer and travelers should plan accordingly.

That maintenance already adds up on top of the high gas prices, but a lot of people are shifting the money from other areas, like dining out less and going on fewer excursions on their trips.

“A lot of people said, “We are taking that trip anyways. We are gonna cut that budget elsewhere,’” said Hawkins.

AAA of the Bluegrass also says nationwide flight travel is expected to increase by over 25% this summer.

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