We are taking a look at everything Friday morning from gas prices to travel tips to help you get your Labor Day Travel plans off to a smooth start.
Marilyn Buskohl with AAA South Dakota says they are expecting gas prices to continue to climb over the weekend. She says they aren't sure exactly what day or how much. They are expecting this to continue until sometime after Labor Day. AAA says they expect gas prices to decrease in a couple of weeks. They say Summer driving season will be coming to an end and refineries will be switching over to producing winter blends which are less expensive. AAA says despite the high gas prices they believe people will continue to travel. With Labor Day being the last long weekend of the summer, they say people are taking advantage of it to connect with family and friends. AAA says they expect a 3% increase over last year of South Dakotans traveling.
When it comes to Tropical Depression Isaac AAA says South Dakota gas prices are being affected by the storm. AAA says Isaac is expected to impact Gulf Coast refineries as well as offshore crude production which will affect our South Dakota gas prices. Besides gas prices, AAA says Isaac is already impacting travel, disrupting flights and cruises in the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. Hundreds of flights have been canceled in Florida, and cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises have changed some itineraries due to Isaac. If you are flying this weekend experts say get to the airport early and keep an eye on your flight before you even head to the airport. If you have a problem call your airline directly.
When it comes to travel advice AAA says pack your patience because the roads will be busy. They say make sure your car is road worthy to avoid any breakdowns to spoil your trip. Check air pressure in tires, change your air filter if necessary, drive efficiently, and stay within posted speed limits. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
AAA South Dakota is still projecting 69,000 South Dakotans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend. That is a three percent increase from the 67,000 South Dakotans who traveled last year. Nationwide, 33 million people are expected to travel. That is a 2.9 percent boost over last year when nationwide we had the strongest Labor Day travel period since 2008.
AAA says across the U.S., about 28.2 million people, or about 85 percent of all holiday travelers, will be making a trip by car. AAA says about 2.55 million travelers will fly during the Labor Day weekend, a 3.7 percent increase over 2011.
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