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AAA: 31.2 Million Drivers to Take Memorial Day Road Trip

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It's going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation's highways.
 
During Thursday and Monday, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway, according to car lobbying group AAA. That's a small increase from last year but still well short of the record 37.3 million people who drove during the holiday in 2005.
 
Gas will cost slightly more this year. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has risen 7 cents in the past week to $3.66 and could increase over the weekend. Gas averaged $3.64 last Memorial Day. Still, the price isn't expected to reach the 2011 Memorial Day average of $3.79.
 
AAA estimates that another 2.3 million travelers will fly, down 8 percent from last year.  (AP)

AAA Tips to Avoid Air Travel Delays

Avoid unnecessary frustration while flying, by following these defensive measures:

• Avoid delay-prone flights. Before you book, make sure you are on a flight that has a decent arrival history.

• Know your airline. Avoid airlines that are known for labor disruptions or major instances where flights have been canceled.

• Book a nonstop. If you fly direct, you won't get stuck in a connecting city.

• Fly mornings. Whenever possible, book the first flight of the day. Delays tend to worsen later in the day.

• Leave enough time for connections. Schedule at least one hour for a connection. Give yourself more time if you have to change planes and go through security again.

• Use small airports. Avoid airline hubs whenever possible. Secondary airports are usually less congested and less prone to delays.

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