BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Thirty-four million Americans are expected to hit the road this weekend for the Labor Day holiday. With all the cars on the road, there are some important things you need to know to stay safe. Steve Pacer from AAA says an upturn in the economy could be the reason for the expected four percent increase in Labor Day travel this year.
Pacer said, “What we're seeing is that is prompting people who would not normally travel to travel. It's the highest volume we've seen since the 2008 recession, so it's a positive sign.”
Another reason for the increased travel on the roadways is gas prices. Despite the average price for a gallon of gas costing $3.83 gallon this year, that’s actually down 10 cents from last year.
Pacer is offering travelers safety tips for this weekend. Pacer said, “Plan plenty of time, drive defensively. I think its going to be very easy to get distracted and very easy to perhaps get a little aggressive. On the roads there are gonna be a lot of people out there driving, so you have to be prepared for that mentally. Also, if you're leaving early, make sure you're well rested. We recommend changing drivers every 100 miles, taking some stops. The more alert you are the better drivers you will be and that keeps everyone safe on the roads."
After Labor Day, next week, students are going to head back to school. The AAA is also offering tips to drivers, so they remember to stay safe on roadways during the back-to-school season.
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