More than 1.2M from Michigan to travel for Memorial Day

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Expect a bigger crowd this year if you're traveling for the Memorial Day holiday.

Despite the strong driving numbers, U.S. gasoline demand was down 2.1 percent from a year ago during the first two months of the year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Memorial Day weekend is still more than a week away, but AA says more than 1.9 million people from IL will be traveling. The increase, if it plays out, would be related to higher consumer confidence and increased spending overall, the group said.

The majority of travelers will travel by vehicle.

Americans will travel all over this Memorial Day, with many headed to Europe.

The unofficial start of summer has many Americans eyeing a getaway.

They are likely to see gas prices slightly higher than previous year but much lower than in 2015. The increase in the number of travelers may lead to some traffic jams.

An increasing number of people, 1.75 million, will use other forms of transportation, like trains, buses, and cruise ships. AAA's vehicle rental bookings are 19 percent higher than last Memorial Day.

AAA is expecting to rescue more than 330,000 drivers over the weekend, thanks to lockouts, flat tires and battery issues, the news release said.

Make it your business.

Airfares for the top 40 domestic flight routes will be 9 percent higher this Memorial Day, with an average roundtrip ticket costing $181, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index.

AAA mobile app - Travelers can use the free app to map a route, find lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance, find AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and review almost 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. "That's good news for the travel industry".

Meanwhile, almost 3 million Americans will fly to their destination for Memorial Day.

SoCal gas prices are expected to hold steady near $3 a gallon on average – the second cheapest price averages for this time of year since 2009.

The top five Memorial Day destinations for Southern California travelers this year are Las Vegas, San Diego, the Grand Canyon, San Francisco, and Yosemite, according to the Auto Club.

AAA is warning residents that with busy roads, motorists should be prepared for delays and roadside hazards.

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