SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – AAA is anticipating the biggest Labor Day weekend in 7 years. And if you’re driving to your destination during one of the busiest weekends of the year, you need to be prepared.
During the long holiday weekend, AAA Pioneer Valley expects 35.5 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home. New England’s popular destinations like Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard can look forward to ending the summer welcoming lots of visitors, who’ll jam the roads to the Cape.
“The sun is beaming out so people are enjoying the last few days of summer,” says Armando Rivera of Springfield, “so they are getting out there. They’re going out, so it’s going to be crowded out there, especially now that the prices have dropped. People are going to fuel up and go on road trips.”
Lower gas prices has prompted more people to go out and hit the road. So 86% of those who are traveling during Labor Day weekend are going to be going in their car. That’s about 30 million drivers traveling all across the country.
Sandra Marsian, Vice Presidents of AAA Pioneer Valley, says travelers haven’t seen gas prices this low around Labor Day since 2005.
And all that expected traffic has some drivers worried. Troy Cosentino told 22News, “You have to be more aware of your surroundings with more defensive driving. Also, watch the speed, I watch the speed a lot more.”
Here are some tips to make sure your Labor Day travel goes smoothly:
- Make sure your car’s running well, and current on all its maintenance. Check the radiator, engine, and fluids.
- Don’t drive if you feel tired, sick, or have been drinking. Have a friend drive for you.
- Take on the highways early Saturday morning or before rush hour on Friday.
- Have a back up map in case your GPS dies.
- If you’re heading home on Labor Day Monday, try leaving before 4 p.m. or after 10 p.m.