Memorial Day traffic ties up area roads

Memorial Day traffic ties up area roads

Pinconning, Mich.

Many families are heading north for Memorial Day weekend.

According to AAA, drivers will pay 5% more for gas this year compared to last.

We spoke to RV drivers at a Pinconning rest stop in Bay County.

Friday’s traffic on I-75N was moving with ease at times. Other times it was stop and go.

RV driver Patrick Barbara says he’s not worried about his ride to Brighton.

“I think the drive home will be worse,” he says.

This is a big camping weekend. Barbara says anyone who is driving an RV for the first time should apply the breaks early.

“They don’t stop as quickly as your passenger car or pickup,” he says.

He also has advice for drivers leaving for their vacation at the last minute.

“Always look ahead for what kind of weather you are going to be driving into,” he says. This includes RVs. “Wind can blow us all over the road,” Barbera says.

He says despite the gas price increase, it saves them more money to drive an RV than drive a car and stay in a hotel.

“We put a budget together. We know how many dollars per mile it costs to drive the motor home so we tend to make our destination and duration on that trip worth that miles,” he says.

While some drivers are frustrated with the traffic, one Boy Scouts group at the rest area is happy. The increase of drivers is leaving them with more donations that usual.

They are working with state police to prevent distracted driving. Drivers can get cookies, coffee and punch and eat it while resting. The scouts say that leaves one less thing for drivers to be distracted by.

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