Lower gas prices expected to fuel increase in Labor Day travel
(Winston Salem Journal) Lower gas prices are expected to encourage motorists in the Triad and statewide to pack in one more summer trip during the extended Labor Day weekend, according to a AAA Carolinas report released Wednesday. More than 1 million North Carolinians are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home during the five-day period, which begins Thursday. That’s up 1.3 percent from a year ago. Of those travelers, 870,000 will be driving and 81,000 will be flying. Gas prices, as of Wednesday, were down 3.4 percent statewide to an average of $3.349 a gallon for regular unleaded. Prices were down 22 cents since the July Fourth holiday and down 12 cents year over year.
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