Columbus Day weekend travel

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Columbus Day weekend has begun, and other than having a three day weekend, there is another reason why travelers should be excited.

The price of gas in Springfield last weekend is $3.29 per gallon, compared to last year where it was $3.50.

Dropping gas prices makes traveling this weekend more convenient.

But Columbus Day weekend is more popular than most, because according to the Department of Transportation, this last Friday was one of the busiest travel days of the year on the Mass. Pike with more than 700,000 drivers.

So drivers throughout the weekend should be extra cautious while driving with more drivers on the road.

One driver told 22News he’s happy gas prices are down, but the price doesn’t affect whether or not he travels.

“I don’t because the price of everything else is going up, so what you’re saving here you’re spending everywhere else. It’s kind of like a wash, really, where you don’t really notice it, I don’t really notice it anyways,” Tom Dagenias told 22News.

There are a few things you can do to your car in order to save gas. 22News spoke with Michael Sorel , a mechanic at City Tire in Springfield, who told us one tip to save money on gas.

He said “Basic tune ups, you know, check your air filters, spark plugs, just basic maintenance stuff really helps a lot. You know proper air tire pressure really helps a lot too.”

What is great about traveling now is also the fall foliage we see in New England. It is starting to peak in northern Berkshire County as well as western Franklin County, along the Mohawk trail.

Drivers need to be careful of are leaves coming onto the road. Damp leaves on the road make the road a little slick, so drivers should take their drive a little slower Saturday morning.

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