Memorial Weekend travel tips from AAA

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- According to AAA's recent holiday travel tracking, more than 745,000 Wisconsinites are expected to hit the road for Memorial Weekend.

"That is the second-biggest on record since we started recording holiday travel in 2000," Nick Jarmusz, Public Affairs AAA, said.

Nationwide AAA expects 88% of Americans to drive to their Memorial Weekend destination and they want drivers to expect delays on the roads.

"Avoid leaving during the morning and evening commutes," Jarmusz said.

According to AAA, the best time to leave is afternoon Thursday or Friday before the evening rush hour. Then coming home, around noon on Sunday or Monday (Memorial Day).

Gas prices for the holiday weekend are lower than they were last year according to AAA, but have steadily increased by 30 cents the past two months. "You can get some of that money back in pocket, because hotel prices and rental car prices are down," Jarmusz said.

AAA reports mid-size hotel prices range from $146-$183 and car rental's are averaging $55 per day.

Members of AAA can receive 24/7 roadside assistance, but to help eliminate drunk driving over the holiday weekend AAA is offering a free tow-to-go service. Call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246 and AAA will pick you up and tow your car where it needs to go.

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