Labor Day weekend travelers getting relief at pump

Labor Day weekend travelers getting relief at pump

WEST READING, Pa. - Millions of Americans are hitting the road for one last hurrah and preparing to enjoy a long weekend for the unofficial end of summer.

Warm weather and lower gas prices are helping drive more people to make a final road trip this summer.

Nearly 35 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day  weekend, according to AAA.

"We are going to Virginia with my friends," said L'Shaye Hammond, who lives in Douglassville, Berks County.

On the Pennsylvania Turnpike, officials expect 2.2 million vehicles to travel the highway during the four-day Labor Day weekend.

According to AAA, this year's holiday forecast is a 1.3 percent increase over 2013 and the highest since the recession driven decline in 2008.

"Historically when the Labor Day weekend falls in August opposed to the entire weekend being in September, more Americans are travelling and getting behind the wheel," said Cheryl Hirsch, marketing and public affairs coordinator for AAA Reading-Berks.

Cindy Hirsch's car was packed full of kids Friday. They were heading to the quarry, and then they planed on driving 2.5 hours to take the boat out on the Chesapeake Bay.

"We want to get away the last weekend and it's going to be nice weather," said Hirsch.

Hirsch and millions of others will be paying less money at the gas pump this holiday. AAA said the prices are the lowest for August since 2010. A average for a gallon of regular in Reading is $3.34, which is down $0.18 from a year ago.

"They need it they need to get out and have a good time because it's work work work and a lot of people are doing that and they can't go anyplace," said Stephen Gonzalez, who plans to go fishing and attend a family barbeque.

Pennsylvania State Police and local police departments will be out in full force cracking down on speeding and aggressive driving. Officials said have fun, but be safe.

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