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AAA: Nearly 35 million will travel Labor Day weekend

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 21 2014 09:08:10 AM CDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Hitting the road for a final summer getaway over Labor Day weekend? You won't be alone.

AAA Travel says some 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

That's the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over last year.

Nearly 86 percent of the vacationers will travel by car.

As for the price at the pump, drivers will likely pay the lowest gas prices for August since 2010.

Barring a major development, such as a Gulf Coast hurricane, prices are expected to remain relatively low leading up to the holiday weekend compared to recent years.

The current average price of gas is $3.44, down from $3.59 on Labor Day last year.

AAA expects gas prices to have little impact on the number of people traveling for Labor Day, though lower prices could make travel more affordable.