Getting ready to head out on a road trip for Labor Day Weekend?
Gas prices are unlikely to be a major factor for people in
determining whether they will travel this Labor Day, according to AAA.com, and a post-recession record of 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2.
Locally, gas prices are down considerably compared to this time last year. In Washington, the average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.81 per gallon, down 17 cents compared to last year and down 13 cents in the past month.
A search Friday morning found a best price at $4.05 per gallon at both Pete's South Mercer Chevron and Mercer Island Chevron. Mercer Island's prices are usually some of the highest prices for gas in the area, but at least they're lower than prices last year, which ran around $4.20 per gallon.
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According to AAA, approximately 29.2 million people (85 percent) plan to drive to their destination, an increase of 4.3 percent from the 28 million who drove last year.
As of mid-August, prices were on average down 2.7 percent per gallon compared to the same time last year. The average price for gas on Labor Day 2012 was $3.83 per gallon, the most expensive average ever on record for the holiday. The current national average price for a gallon of regular gas is $3.53, 19 cents lower than this day last year.