WHAG NEWS - The Labor Day holiday is quickly approaching, and AAA Travel projects more drivers will hit the road at the end of this month.
AAA projects more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the upcoming labor holiday weekend - that's a 4.2 percent increase compared to last year's holiday.
"It's the last official holiday of the summer. So it's sort of reminder that summer is over and kids are going back to school and vacations are over," said Ragina Averella, Public and Government Affairs Manger for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "And then we typically don't see any significant travel again until Thanksgiving "
AAA officials say increased consumer spending and the improving housing market are factors for the projected boost.
"Most people tend to travel as a family so even when gas prices are on the higher side, traveling by automobile typically still is the most affordable option," said Averella.
During that holiday weekend, about 85 percent of holiday travelers will travel by car.
AAA Mid-Atlantic projects August 30 as the busiest travel day during the entire holiday weekend.