Travelers Expected To Hit The Roads For Labor Day Weekend

Sep 4, 2015

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Millions of Americans will jump in their cars this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Northeast. The non-profit auto club is expecting the largest number of Labor Day travelers since 2008, fueled in part by decreases at the gas pump and improvements in the U.S. economy.

An estimated 35.5 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home, says AAA, a 1 percent increase over last year. The vast majority will travel by car, which may make for some pretty clogged roadways in New England.

“Travelers have not seen gas prices this low around Labor Day since back in 2005, so New England’s perennially popular destinations can look forward to rounding out the summer travel season on a high note,” said Mary Maguire, AAA's director of public and legislative affairs.

If you're planning a trip, AAA says watch out for peak travel times on Friday evening and Monday, as people return home from the long weekend.

AAA is also predicting 2.6 million people will travel by planes for the holiday weekend, an increase of more than 1 percent from last year.