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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.”

AAA Predicts Busy Holiday Travel

Aug 28, 2014
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Triple-A says Labor Day travel will be the strongest since 2008.

Hoosier Motor Club spokesperson Greg Seiter says they‘re projecting 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home during the upcoming holiday weekend.

That‘s up 1.3% over this time last year.

Seiter says it may be a sign that people are feeling better about the economy.

He adds this comes despite the fact that gas prices are currently rising in Indiana.

Seiter says that‘s due in part the holiday itself and a BP refinery explosion in Whiting.

Soaring Gas Prices Expected For Holiday Weekend

Jul 1, 2014
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The Triple-A Hoosier Motor Club says the coming holiday weekend will see the highest Independence Day weekend gas prices since 2008.

Spokesperson Greg Seiter says worldwide petroleum prices are being impacted by the current unrest in Iraq.

"Anytime there is unrest in the Middle East crude oil prices are adversely affected and that, of course, is then passed on to the consumer via gas prices," says Seiter. "A lot of speculation goes into what's going to take place, and with all of this unrest things are really out of balance right now."

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More people are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, compared to last year.

Triple-A Hoosier Motor Club spokesperson Greg Seiter says they expect more travelers this weekend than they've seen in the past nine years.

That includes nearly 34-million who will travel by car.

Seiter says the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is expected to be $3.63, which is about the same as last year.

He says the number of people traveling by airplane is also up from 2.4-million last year to 2.6-million this holiday weekend.