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Improving economy, lower gas prices fuel Labor Day travel plans

Posted August 29, 2013

— North Carolinians are expected to take the roads this holiday weekend, thanks to an improving economy and lower gas prices.

Motor club AAA Carolinas said it expects 972,600 state residents will travel more than 50 miles from home during the five-day Labor Day holiday period. The estimate is a 5 percent increase over last year’s travelers.

“Gas prices heading into this weekend are the lowest they’ve been for any Labor Day holiday since 2010,” said David E. Parson, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.

Gasoline price website GasBuddy.com shows that North Carolina’s current fuel price average is $3.49 going into the holiday weekend. That is a decrease from last year’s average price of $3.78 per gallon.

Lower gas prices were welcomed news for North Carolina State University student Sadie Rockefeller, who plans to travel home to Ellicott City, Md., this weekend.

“I try to make it home for every big holiday,” she said. “I even carpool with friends or look for inexpensive flights to save money.”

The travel website TripAdvisor said 6 percent more Americans are planning Labor Day weekend trips, compared with last year. Of those traveling, 63 percent will get where they're going by car, according to a TripAdvisor survey. The most popular destination is New York City, followed by Denver, Seattle, Philadephia and Boston.

With the expected increase in traffic on the roads, law enforcement officers are reminding travelers to be safe.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s “Booze It & Lose It” campaign will be in full effect through the weekend. The campaign includes checkpoints and stepped-up patrols in an effort to remove intoxicated drivers from the roads.

Airline passengers are expected to account for about 8 percent of the state’s Labor Day travelers, according to AAA. Airfares have increased 4 percent this year, with an average lowest round-trip of $214 for the top 40 U.S. air routes, said AAA.



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  • COPs eye Aug 30, 2013

    Gas is going up b/c of Syria? well then how bout we do things different then we have been doing....go there take over n take gas at pennies on the barrel as payment for our military services rendered. If that cant be done than let Syria and middle east handle their own problems and keep our forces home.

  • COPs eye Aug 30, 2013

    There is absolutely nothing correct about the headline of this story. On what plant is 9,000,000 lost jobs, 70% of new jobs are temp, and $3.55 per gallon of gas good??

    Pirate01

    AMEN to that

  • kcfoxie Aug 30, 2013

    I just realized that when I drop the diesel engine into my convertible, I'll be able to brew my own fuel for it and drive to and from the beach and have enough left over for a day or two's commute to work. Sweet.

  • Pirate01 Aug 30, 2013

    There is absolutely nothing correct about the headline of this story. On what plant is 9,000,000 lost jobs, 70% of new jobs are temp, and $3.55 per gallon of gas good??

  • Bill Brasky Aug 30, 2013

    "everything still sucks plain and simple"

    Very inciteful and educational, certainly the part where you said the past doesn't matter, but than you say it does matter in the next sentence. Had you read the article you are posting on you would see more people are traveling this Labor day than last year due to lower gas prices. This in turn helps the economy, which has been steadily improving.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 2013

    I really don't care what it cost a year ago, I know what we are paying now compared to just a week ago.
    tayled

    Yes... about 5 cents more. I even posted the exact numbers.

    We're still paying a bit less than last month... and a lot less than last year.

    Gas prices fluctuate seasonally. Reliably.

    they went up from august to september LAST year.

    they went up from august to september in 2011.

    they went up from august to september in 2010.

    And so on.

    Now, SHOCKINGLY, they're going up from august to september THIS year.

    And you guys are somehow surprised.

    But the above shows why it's worthwhile to compare the SAME time year to year.

    In fact why that makes MORE sense than comparing different times of the SAME year.

  • tayled Aug 30, 2013

    COMPARED TO LABOR DAY LAST YEAR.

    I really don't care what it cost a year ago, I know what we are paying now compared to just a week ago.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 2013

    hey junkmail...because the past is history...un changed events. it does no good to gloat about- What Challenge

    Really? then it's very strange your next bit is this:

    gas has been lower over the past month until recent weeks. why, because it has been rising. comparing year to year does not make sense.- What Challenge

    I thought the past was irrelevant?

    (and you're wrong, gas was MORE last month- I've posted the specific numbers several times now).

    Further, gas prices tend to rise and fall seasonally.

    So why does it make sense to you to compare to last month (a different time of year)... but NOT exactly a year ago (same time of year)?

    Your argument not only makes no sense, it contradicts itself.

    and your facts must be coming from the Obama administration- What Challenge

    No, they come from math.

    But by all means, I've posted direct links to the data- show us how Obama secretly made it up!

  • What Challenge Aug 30, 2013

    hey junkmail...because the past is history...un changed events. it does no good to gloat about how prices are lower now than last year as if it is some big feat. gas has been lower over the past month until recent weeks. why, because it has been rising. comparing year to year does not make sense. that was then and this is now. current trending levels and markets show that fuel is rising emphasis on current values. it is false and misrepresentation to say that the economy is improving with lower gas prices as simply put on the title and not including per say this time last year. and your facts must be coming from the Obama administration...everything still sucks plain and simple.

  • junkmail5 Aug 30, 2013

    yes...this article talks about prices this time last year...which is non justifiable- what challenge

    Why?

    Gas always goes up and down at about the same time every year.

    So comparing year to year makes perfect sense.

    gasoline was 20 cents cheaper a week or two ago.- What challenge

    No, it wasn't.

    I just gave you the specific numbers in fact.

    it was around 5 cents less a week ago.

    it was MORE EXPENSIVE a month ago.

    And MUCH more expensive a year ago.

    lets look at diesel fuel...it keeps rising every few days- What Challenge

    Average diesel in NC was $4.081 one year ago.

    Today? $3.916.

    Here's a graph of the national 12 month average for regular gas-

    http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/images/NAT_grph.jpg

    Prices are LOWER than a year ago. Which is what the article says.

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