Millions prepare for Labor Day travel

August 20, 2013 12:00 AM

Summer kicked off with millions of people setting out for Memorial Day road trips, and it appears the season will end in much of the same manner. A new report from AAA predicts that more than 34.1 million Americans will set off on a journey of more than 50 miles for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which is a 4.2 percent increase from last year. 

Of these travelers, 85 percent will use a car to get to their destination. Most are planning to depart Friday, Aug. 30, and return Monday, Sept. 2. Drivers are encouraged to get behind the wheel over the holiday weekend thanks to relatively lower gas prices and the idea that Labor Day is the last chance for a summer trip. 

"As schools across the nation usher in their next session of students, the Labor Day holiday provides families with the opportunity for one final extended summer weekend getaway," said Richard L. Darbelnet, AAA president. "... It is important to remain distraction-free and keep their mind on the task of driving." 

Before setting off on a road trip, motorists should be sure to get a car tune up to ensure their vehicle is safe to drive any distance. 

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