Labor Day Travelers Can Expect Low Gas Prices, High Traffic Volume

Sep 4, 2015

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Hoosier Motor Club Spokesman Greg Seiter says gas prices for Labor Day weekend will be the lowest in a decade.

This comes as 35.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 or more miles during the period of Sept. 3 through Sept 7. Seiter says that's the highest number since Labor Day weekend of 2008.

“Well, it certainly does, for most people, mark the end of the busy summer travel season but this is going to be a busy on,” Seiter says. “We’re looking at a projected number that’s going to be higher than we’ve seen in quite a while.”

Seiter says the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is hovering around $2.47 a gallon. That's almost a dollar cheaper than this time last year.

“Certainly, Indiana gas prices have been on a rollercoaster over the last month or so, but that having been said, we are anticipating these Labor Day gas price averages could be the lowest we’ve seen in a decade,” Seiter says.

On the downside for travelers, AAA says costs ay their member hotels have risen about 10-percent this year.