More than 42 million Americans are going to be traveling this weekend, which is the highest number in more than a decade.
Arnette said the Memorial Day weekend is second only to the Thanksgiving weekend for holiday traffic volume.
Technology and travel apps can put motorists on the right path over the Memorial Day weekend, but there are no guarantees they will solve all the hassles of higher gas prices and 3 million Texans hitting the road.
INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, said despite elevated gas prices, the estimates can only mean travel delays on major roads that could be three times as long as normal with the busiest days expected to be Thursday and Friday as commuters will mix with holiday travelers.
"[Prices] will continue to go up but it hasn't stopped Americans from getting into their cars because it hasn't reached a critical level yet.as a result, people are going about 200-300 million miles from home and they're having a nice weekend", said Peter Greenberg, CBS News' travel editor.
AAA says the 88 percent of travelers choosing to drive will pay the most expensive Memorial Day gas prices since 2014. MS is the cheapest place to buy gas in America, with an average price of $2.654 a gallon. Statewide, the average gas price Thursday was $3.10 a gallon.
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As of May 24, the national average for regular gas in $2.96 per gallon of regular unleaded.
AAA says data shows people aren't canceling plans, just finding new ways to budget. The local average, based on price reports by Gasbuddy's volunteer spotters, was 1.3 cents below the site's nationwide average, which also has been rising but at a steadier, more gradual pace.
The top Memorial Day travel destinations, according to AAA, are Orlando, Fla., Seattle, Wash., and Honolulu, Hawaii.
USA oil production is on the rise, but it is not compensating for the difference in total demand, McTeague said. If they're under-inflated, it creates more friction between the rubber and the road, so it puts more drag on your vehicle and you're losing those miles per gallon.
"OPEC is cutting back on oil production, as are Russian Federation and other countries", McTeague said. However, many prices in the Triangle are below the state average. "It's just an economic issue, that has to do with the availability of gas", Spann said.
In Toledo, I-75 reconstruction between I-475 and Lagrange Street is in its final season, but two lanes will be open in both directions throughout the holiday weekend. "You also want to make sure that the engine and the batter are well taken care of", said Milani.