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More Illinoisans Plan To Hit The Road For Memorial Day This Year

After a year of restricted journey as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, residents of Illinois are planning to hit the street this Memorial Day weekend.

More than 1.8 million folks in Illinois are planning some type of journey for the vacation weekend with 1.7 million of these folks planning to journey by automobile.

Molly Hart of AAA, suggested residents to refill as soon as they get to their vacation spot to keep away from larger fuel costs in Illinois.

Average fuel costs in Illinois are among the many highest within the nation. Last Memorial Day, fuel costs have been $2.23 per gallon in comparison with $3.22 this year.

While fuel costs are larger, Hart mentioned there are a number of elements at play.

“Gas prices are going to be high this weekend. Historically gas in the summer is more expensive due to the summer blend cars use. We also need to recognize last year was an outlier.” Hart mentioned.

The greatest counties to refill this weekend based mostly on value are Effingham County, Saline County, and Morgan County as a result of they’ve the most affordable costs, in response to the AAA web site. The highest costs are in Cook, Will, and DuPage counties.

According to Vrbo, a trip rental residence web site, 82 p.c of American households have already got trip plans and Vrbo customers created 15.7 million Trip Boards this spring alone.

The hottest locations for Illinois residents this year to journey to by automobile in response to Molly Hart and AAA are Orlando, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach and Denver.

With the variety of Illinois residents who have already got journey plans, this Memorial Day weekend could possibly be a return to normalcy for a lot of.

The Illinois Department of Transportation mentioned it could open up as many lanes as potential to accommodate the variety of drivers planning to hit the highways. Law enforcement businesses are also anticipated to out in drive throughout the busy journey weekend.


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