NEW YORK Summer is coming to an end, which means millions of Americans will hit the road and take to the skies for the Labor Day weekend.
And most people who travel will drive, with more than 80% of people taking the car instead of the plane.
HOW TO WATCH FOX WEATHER ON TV
AAA predicts this will be the busiest Labor Day travel weekend in three years, reaching pre-pandemic levels. Trends are similar to the busy Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends this year. And whether you’re driving or flying, travel experts advise leaving early in the morning or late at night.
- Seattle, Wash.
- Orlando, Florida.
- Las Vegas, Nev.
- Denver, Kolo.
- Boston, Mass.
- Anchorage, Alaska
- New York, Nev.
- Anaheim, California.
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Chicago, ill.
“AAA expects Friday, Sept. 2, to be the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend, as Friday afternoon we see travelers mixed with commuters trying to get to shore,” said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jana Tidwell. “Trying to get to the beaches during those peak commute hours isn’t going to be fun. It won’t be easy.”
HURRICANE DANIELLE FORMS IN NORTH ATLANTIC AS TROPICAL BEGINS TO PERCOLATE BY LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Leaving outside of rush hour will save you not only time but also money by cutting back on the throttle while in traffic.
Gas prices have fallen since their all-time high of $5 a gallon was reached in June. Right now, $3.82 is the national average.
With high temperatures also forecast, you don’t want to have a car breakdown on the side of the road in the heat. Be sure to check your battery before traveling.
LABOR DAY FORECAST: BURNING TEMPERATURES, RAIN MAY END SUMMER WEDDING FOR MILLIONS
AAA said their most received calls are related to dead batteries and flat tires.
“The heat is mainly having a cumulative effect on car batteries. And we’re on five heat waves at this point in the season,” Tidwell said.
AAA expects more than 545,000 outages nationwide for Labor Day based on last year’s data.
Being stranded on the road can be dangerous for drivers, their passengers and those who come to help them. According to AAA, an average tow truck driver dies somewhere in the US every two weeks while helping a motorist with a breakdown.
Just like your luggage, all major airports are packed
For those taking to the skies this weekend, it is highly recommended to take the first flight of the day to avoid delays and use carry-on bags to avoid lost luggage. International flyers must ensure that their passport has not expired.
PERFECT PUPCATION: TOP 10 PET-FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS ON THE ROAD REVEALED
All major airports will be full, AAA expects, with domestic bookings up 22% and international bookings up 104% compared to last year.
- Vancouver, Canada
- London, England
- Dublin, Ireland
- Rome, Italy
- Paris, France
- Athens, Greece
- Barcelona, Spain
- Calgary, Canada
- Budapest, Hungary
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“We expect to see approximately 1.6 million travelers in, out, or through (Atlanta’s) Hartsfield-Jackson (airport) from Thursday through the Tuesday following the holidays,” said Andrew Gobeil, communications director of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “That’s slightly more than we predicted last year; 1.3 million passengers at once. It looks like the travel is returning, like you should tell me, and things are getting going.”
Flyers should have the app for their airline on their phone so they can be notified of any delays or cancellations.
The main domestic destinations for the vacation are Seattle, Orlando and Las Vegas. According to AAA data, overseas travelers go to Italy, Canada and Ireland.
Plan your events up to almost a year ahead with FOX FutureView in our free FOX Weather app and stay informed about changes in the forecast as they happen. Whether it’s a wedding, vacation, family reunion or anything else you need to know about; FOX FutureView can help you track and plan. See what’s coming, right on your home screen!.