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Memorial Day weekend traffic expected to be break 10-year record

(WMBF) - This year, AAA is projecting the highest travel volume for the holiday weekend in the last 10 years with 37.2 million Americans planning a Memorial Day trip. 

The vast majority of travelers will be hitting the road, with nearly 90 percent of people driving to their destinations.

Most drivers will likely pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. Today's national average price of gas is $2.66, $1.00 less than the average price on Memorial Day last year.

Currently, in Myrtle Beach the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.42.

The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.

More than 33 million will travel by vehicle, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.

Holiday air travel is expected to increase 2.5 percent to 2.6 million leisure travelers.

Travel by other modes of transportation including cruises, trains and buses, is expected to decrease 3.6 percent this Memorial Day, to 1.64 million.

Travelers will encounter higher lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

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