This Labor Day weekend is predicted to be the biggest travel holiday weekend than any of the September breaks since the 2008 recession hit. Many people travel to visit relatives or take their family on a trip out-of-town or camping or to the beach. AAA is forecasting a heavy increase in travel due to the "increasingly positive economic outlook." This means you need to be aware of increased traffic and crowded highways as Orange County residents take advantage of a three-day holiday weekend.
Across America, AAA expects that 29.2 million people will be traveling by car, rising from 28 million last year. Of those, 34.1 million will be traveling at least 50, which is a 4.2% increase from the holiday a year ago. The average traveler is predicted to journey on long weekend round trips of about 594 miles.
According to NBC News, gasoline prices are lower than on average from a year ago and may attribute to increased traveling this holiday by car. AAA did warn however that gas prices could rise should hurricanes and tropical storms slow down production.
Orange County residents, be safe when traveling this Labor Day Weekend. Take heavy traffic times into consideration and consider planning leaving for your road tip as early in the morning to avoid the most congested driving times in the day. Slow-moving highway traffic can lead drivers to become frustrated or cause road rage. Some drivers when waiting long periods of time in the car may tune out by focusing on the CD player or radio or talking to other passengers and end up driving distracted.
Anything that causes a driver to lose focus on driving could lead to vehicle accidents. If you are a passenger on a long road trip, please be aware of this and help to keep the driver alert, and be on the lookout for a sleepy driver. Switch places with the driver if necessary and be sure to take breaks and get out and stretch your legs or get a snack or drink to perk up. Also, if you rent a car for your road trip, be sure your car insurance covers the rental car or purchase the rental car insurance to be insured in the case of an accident. You may be a safe driver but other drivers on the road could hit you, causing personal injury and damage to the vehicle. If you plan to travel this holiday weekend, have a safe and accident free trip!