Memorial Day 2022: Florida gas prices, best times to get out of town

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FLORIDA — With Floridians feeling the most relaxed about taking trips in the past two years, Memorial Day Weekend 2022 trips are expected to be twice as busy as the 2021 holidays, according to a news release. AAA.

Gas prices do not deter residents from using a vehicle for out-of-state travel. AAA’s website showed the average gas price in Florida at $4.53 a gallon on Wednesday. By Memorial Day, prices could be the most expensive yet, said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins.

About 2.2 million Floridians will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend, an increase of 8% from 2021, the AAA’s website said.

“Coming out of this two-year pandemic, Floridians are eager to travel again, and it doesn’t look like record gas prices or other inflationary pressures will stop them,” Jenkins said. “Many may consider cost-cutting measures to offset the extra expenses, such as traveling shorter distances, staying at a cheaper hotel, or spending less on shopping, dining and entertainment.”

The best and worst times to drive this weekend

  • Thursday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. are the worst times; before 6:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. is the best time
  • Friday: noon to 7 p.m. are the worst times; before 7am or after 9pm is the best time
  • Saturday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. are the worst times; before 10 am is the best time
  • Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. are the worst times; before 10 am is the best time
  • Monday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. are the best times; before 11am is the best time

Despite rising gas prices, 90% of Memorial Day travelers plan to travel by car, according to an AAA survey.

According to AAA, Florida air travel volumes are expected to increase 28% from last year – the second largest annual increase in more than a decade. The number of air travelers to Florida was down just 1% from 2019.

Memorial Day trip prices rise in 2022

  • Air—AAA finds that the lowest average airfare is 6 percent higher than last year at $184/ticket. Saturday is the most expensive day to fly and Monday is the least.
  • HotelsMid-Range Hotel Rates Rise About 42%with the lowest average rates per night ranging from approximately $199 to $257/night for AAA-rated hotels.
  • Car rentalDaily car rental rates have fallen by 16% compared to last year, with the lowest average rate being $100/day.

To decrease travel frustrations, said AAA

  • Arrive at the airport at least two hours in advance for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.
  • Book a flight outside peak periods to reduce waiting times.
  • Hit the road when there is less traffic and allow more time to get to your destination.

According to AAA, Thursday is shaping up to be the busiest day for air travel during the Memorial Day travel period (May 26 to May 30), with Monday being the lightest.

Here’s when drivers can expect the longest travel delays, according to INRIX

Thursday and Friday are expected to experience peak traffic delays. Drivers in major Florida cities could experience double commute times compared to a normal commute.

Before you hit the road, AAA recommends having your vehicle inspected to make sure it’s ready for the trip. AAA plans to respond to more than 388,000 stranded motorists.

To track average daily gas prices in Florida, see AAA gas prices. AAA also has a gas calculator to help drivers know how much they’ll be spending at the pumps for the entire trip.

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