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The number of U.S. drivers taking to the road for Memorial Day weekend will hit a 10-year record as travelers gear up for summer after a severe winter, travel group AAA forecast on Friday (May 16).

Reuters reported that roughly eight in 10 Americans will take road trips over the holiday weekend, encouraged as well by a steady economic recovery, rising consumer confidence and slightly cheaper gasoline prices over last year, AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall Doney said in a statement.

“The winter blues appear to have given Americans the travel bug and a case of cruise cabin fever as travel for the holiday is expected to hit a new post-recession high,” Doney said.

The group’s annual forecast found 31.8 million drivers would travel 50 miles or more on the U.S. holiday, which falls between Thursday, May 22, and Monday, May 26. That would be an increase of 1.2 percent from 2013, and the most since 2005.

The number of flyers will rise 2.4 percent to 2.6 million leisure travelers.

Overall, AAA expects 36.1 million people to travel during the holiday, a 1.5 percent increase over last year and the third straight year the group saw a rise.

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