(WKTV) - An improving economy and lower gas prices could make this the busiest Labor Day travel weekend in nearly a decade.
About 35 million people are expected to hit the road, and getting to your destination is going to cost less than it did a year ago. AAA says gas prices are down 15 cents a gallon. Locally, gas is averaging $3.70 a gallon.
"Here in the Utica-Rome area, we're about 12 cents cheaper than we were at this time last year, and as you go around, it gets even better," said Ed Welsh, general manager of the Central Region of AAA NY. "For example, Albany right now is about 16 cents cheaper t han last year. Binghamton is exactly 21 cents cheaper than it was at this exact time last year. So the good news is, more people are driving and the price of gas is going down."
Taking precautions such as checking your lights, wiper, fluid levels and tire pressure before you head out should also be a priority this holiday weekend.