It says it could be due to economic uncertainty.
The roads will be a little crowded this Memorial Day Weekend as Marylanders travel to their favorite vacation destination. But that crowd may not be as large as last year. AAA Mid-Atlantic is forecasting 718,000 residents heading out this week, which is a 1.2% drop since 2012.
"We still believe there's some degree of economic uncertainty in many people, particularly in this area," says AAA spokeswoman Ragina Averella. "They may, in fact, be faced with the results and the impacts of the sequestration. So we know that's sort of one of the factors."
The sequestration is a severe set of federal budget cuts which Congress approved earlier this year.
AAA says 653,600 Marylanders plan to drive this weekend, which is about 91% of all travelers. The auto club says that rate is the same as last year. Out of the remainder, 7% will be going by air, and 2% will be heading out by other means, such as the bus or train.
The auto club says the price of gasoline took a big spike last week. But Averella says the auto club doesn't believe that's going to deter many people from traveling this weekend. "The slight uptick in gas prices is not factor, and is still about 12-cents below this time last year," she says.
The auto club says the price of gasoline in Maryland averages $3.51 per gallon. Last year at this time, the cost to fill up averaged at $3.69 per gallon.
The AAA says its projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as trips that include 50-miles or more away from home between Thursday, May 23rd to Monday, May 27th.