Thinking about packing the kids up in the family truckster and heading out of town this weekend? The Automobile Association of America ( says to expect plenty of other SoCal residents to so the same.

The Automobile Club of Southern California ( projects the biggest Memorial Day Weekend travel holiday since 2005 among SoCal residents. The motorist organization expects 2.89 million Southern Californians and 4.67 million statewide are expected to take a long weekend getaway – a 2.5 percent increase over the number of 2015 travelers.

It’s the largest number of Memorial Day travelers since the all-time record of 3.2 million in the Southland and 5.18 million statewide, which was set in 2005. The good news is Gas prices are expected to be more than $1.10 a gallon less at most local stations than a year ago at this time, when the ExxonMobil refinery explosion forced the Los Angeles-Long Beach average price over $4 a gallon.

The Auto Club offers the following tips for those heading out in vehicles this weekend:

-Travel during off-peak times to avoid congestion.

-Check your vehicle’s fluid levels, belts, hoses and tires.

-Pack plenty of fluids and activities for youngsters for long trips.

-Plan your route ahead of time and bringing along a map in case you need to choose an alternate route. While GPS services and smartphone apps are helpful, they may not always be operational or accurate.

-Take care with children by properly using safety belts and car seats, and accompanying them into the restroom during travel breaks.

-Choose a well-lit, populated area for rest stops when driving at night.

Have a safe trip!