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More drivers expected to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

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NATIONWIDE -- Memorial Day weekend ranks fourth on the list of most popular holidays to travel.

More than 36.1 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more to their holiday destination this weekend. According to AAA, that's a 1.5 percent increase from last year.

People are certainly ready to kick off the unofficial start to the summer season after this year's rough winter. Travel volume is expected to reach a new high, and experts are predicting it will be the second highest travel volume since Memorial Day in 2000.

An improving economy and consumer confidence are just some of the reasons more travelers will be hitting the road. But, despite those increases, travelers will also see an increase in travel costs.

AAA predicts holiday gas prices will about $3.64 per gallon. At hotels, travelers will be spending an estimated $3 more per night at hotels, while daily car rental rates will average about $44.

The majority of people are expected to stay in the New York State, anyone traveling outside the state will stick to East Coast destinations.

According to officials, higher rates are not expected to deter people from traveling.

"People are just anxious to get out of the house and many people felt that what they might have normally done during the winter, they may have not done just because of the extreme weather," said Diana Dibble, the public affairs manager for AAA.

AAA recommends drivers should conduct a pre-trip vehicle check, plan route their route ahead of time, and drive without any distractions.

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