AAA won’t release a Memorial Day travel forecast for the first time in 20 years, saying Thursday the coronavirus pandemic has undermined the accuracy of its economic data.


But AAA expects fewer people will be on the road compared to past years. The Ohio Department of Transportation has estimated traffic on state highways is down 40.8% compared to the same time last year.


"Last year, 43 million Americans traveled for Memorial Day Weekend – the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes in 2000," Paula Twidale, senior vice president AAA Travel, said in a prepared statement. "With social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend’s travel volume is likely to set a record low."



Memorial Day 2009, which fell during the Great Recession, holds the record for the lowest travel volume at nearly 31 million travelers, including nearly 1.2 million Ohioans, according to AAA.


Last year, AAA predicted nearly 1.7 million Ohioans would travel during the Memorial Day weekend. It says travel numbers will likely be well below that.


AAA estimates that about 90% of Memorial Day travelers drive to their destination.