More Travelers Expected to Hit the Roads for Labor Day
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on August 25, 2014 @ 9:36AM
Created on August 23, 2014 @ 8:19PM
Labor Day is just around the corner and if you plan on hitting the highway next weekend, you'll have plenty of company along the way.
This Labor Day is expected to be the busiest since 2008. According to AAA, nearly 35 million Americans are planning to get away for the long holiday weekend.
Travelers are expected to head off more than 50 miles away to their destinations. The rising gas prices are always a worry for travelers, but most are expected to travel by car this year. Gas prices are at an all time low for the summer season, which is creating less pain at the pump.
5 News talked to some of you who plan to stay local, but others plan to head off for some last summer fun.
"On Labor Day weekend I hope to get away for a few days with my family. I'm going to try to have some fun," said Sean Hoskinson, Marion County resident.
"I'll probably stay at home instead of getting out on the road. There's a lot of traffic and I would just rather stay at home on the holidays," said Arnold Keesucker, Barbour County resident.
But with the extra traffic comes more accidents. Emergency official encourage drivers to be extra alert and aware when they take to the roads.
"Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and to what's happening. We are at the end of summer and a lot of people are still trying to squeeze in a lot of things. Families are traveling and they just need to make sure that they are rested and are aware, " said Chief John Elko, West Milford Fire Dept.
AAA says travelers should expect to see an increase when it comes to plane tickets and hotel rates.
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