Lower gas prices for St. Lawrence County travelers through Labor Day, AAA says
Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:27 am

St. Lawrence County holiday travelers can expect lower gas prices throughout Labor Day Weekend, according to AAA Travel projections.

In St. Lawrence County, a gallon of gas is costing drivers approximately $3.67, down 15 cents from 2013. The price remains higher than the national average of $3.43.

According to AAA, U.S. consumers are paying the lowest gas prices for early August since 2010.

However, AAA expects gas prices to have little impact on the number of people traveling for Labor Day, though lower prices could help make travel more affordable.

AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013. Nearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close and children head back to school.

The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, Aug. 28 to Monday, Sept. 1.

Highlights from 2014 Labor Day Travel Forecast include:

• Holiday travelers to total 34.7 million, an increase of 1.3 percent from the 34.3 million travelers last year.

• Historically, when Labor Day weekend begins in August, Americans show a higher tendency to travel.

• Automobile travel will increase by 1.4 percent this year, with 29.7 million travelers hitting the road.

• Nearly eight percent of travelers (2.65 million) will travel by air, a one percent increase from last year.

• Travel by other modes will increase .5 percent with 2.3 million Americans expected to travel by bus, train or cruise ship.

• Travelers will encounter airfares just two percent higher than last year and daily car rental costs that remain consistent at $51.

• Hotel rates at AAA Two Diamond hotels are nine percent higher than last year and Three Diamond hotels are six percent more.

“Labor Day represents the unofficial end of summer, and millions of Americans are choosing to celebrate with an all-American road trip,” said Tony Spada, President and CEO of AAA Western and Central New York. “With consumer confidence rising, it’s no surprise that many Americans are planning to sneak in one last family getaway.”