Memorial Day Weekend Travel To Increase In NJ [AUDIO]
According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, approximately 907,000 New Jersey residents will travel 50 miles or more for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, a half-percent increase over 2011.
The majority of New Jerseyans, 815,000, plan to travel by automobile.
"Travelers - expect not to be alone this holiday weekend. There will be plenty of congestion, especially on the roadways that lead to the Jersey shore," warned AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson Tracy Noble.
An estimated seven percent of New Jersey travelers will take to the air (down 6%). About three percent will travel by train, bus or watercraft (up 16%).
Nationwide, an estimated nine out of ten holiday travelers will take to the nation's roadways during the holiday weekend - 34.8 million travelers, a 1.2% increase.
"Gas prices do play a role," Noble said.
Last Memorial Day weekend, the price for a gallon of regular gasoline in New Jersey was over the $3.80 mark. Today, the average price is about 20 cents cheaper.
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Meanwhile, AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates it will come to the rescue of nearly 10,000 stranded motorists in New Jersey this weekend.
"Nothing can dampen a vacation like having your vehicle break down, and the best way to avoid that unfortunate circumstance is with preventative maintenance," Noble said. "Taking care of your vehicle in advance can reduce the likelihood of breakdowns, as well as the hassle and costs that occur when vehicle upkeep is ignored."
QUICK MAINTENANCE CHECKS
Brake Fluid Level and Color - This is often one of the most neglected fluids, although brakes are one of the most critical systems on your vehicle. Dark brown or black colored fluid is a sure sign of contamination and an indication that replacement is necessary, as contamination causes corrosion, which eventually leads to other brake problems.
Engine Air Filter - A dirty or clogged air filter restricts airflow and reduces engine performance. A damaged filter, or one that does not seal properly in its housing, will allow unfiltered air to enter the engine. This can lead to increased engine wear and, in some applications, damage to electronic engine control components.
Windshield Washer Fluid - Rain, insects, grime and other debris on a windshield will compromise the driver's vision if the windshield wipers cannot remove them. Check the windshield washer fluid reservoir monthly or more often if the washers are used frequently. Top it off with a solution formulated to aid in the removal of insects and other debris. Be sure to test the washer spray nozzles for proper operation and aim before hitting the road.
Windshield Wiper Blades -Windshield wipers are easy to overlook until motorists find themselves in a pounding rainstorm. If wiper blades are worn, cracked or rigid with age, they will not adequately remove rain, grime and other debris that can obscure driver vision. If the wiper blades are sufficiently deteriorated, the metal wiper blade frame could contact and permanently damage the windshield.
Tire Pressure - Proper inflation will make tires last longer and delay the need to buy new ones. Additionally, correct tire pressure will help maximize a vehicle's fuel economy, while ensuring optimum ride and handling for comfort and safety. Check and adjust tire pressure at least once a month when the tires are cold-including the spare. Always inflate tires to the vehicle manufacturer's recommended settings-not the maximum pressure molded on the side of the tire. The manufacturer's recommendations can be found on a sticker on the driver's door jam or in the owner's manual.
Tire Tread - Check the tread depth by inserting a quarter upside down into a tire groove with Washington's head facing outward. The tread should cover part of Washington's head. If any of the area above Washington's head is visible, it's time to start shopping for new tires. Always check the tread at several points around the tire and across its width, and use the lowest reading.
Battery - Summer heat breaks down the battery internally and accelerates the rate of corrosion on vehicle's battery terminals. Both of these conditions can lead to insufficient electrical power being available, and leave a motorist stranded without warning.