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Memorial Day weekend expected to break travel records, 39.3 million projected to travel

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AAA projects 39.3 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day, one million more than last year and the most in more than a decade.

The rest stop in Darien, off I-95, is one place sure to see a lot of traffic.

Of all the people traveling this weekend, the agency says 88 percent are traveling by car, despite higher gas prices than last year.

AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.

Last year, nearly 3,000 tristate area motorists were stranded, with the most common problem being a dead battery, followed by vehicles requiring a tow, an indication of a more serious mechanical problem.

Many times motorists can avoid the headache of breaking down by making sure they stay on top of the recommended routine maintenance for their vehicle.

AAA recommends having vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the more than 7,000 AAA approved auto repair facilities across the country.

Motorists traveling over the holiday are encouraged to visit any area AAA/Bob Sumerel Tire & Auto location for a free bumper-to-bumper vehicle maintenance inspection to prevent trouble along the way.

AAA membership is not required.

State police, as well as police departments across western Connecticut, will have extra patrols monitoring DUI and seatbelt violations.

Area departments say to expect delays surrounding anyone parades taking place.

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