Some media reports have indicated that steadily rising gas prices and an overall economy that continues to flounder will stall Labor Day travel plans in Maine and across the country.
Not so, says the American Auto Association.
Bangor car accident lawyers understand that the reality is, travel is going to be up nearly 3 percent from what it was last year. It’s going to the highest Labor Day traffic volume since prior to the recession began churning in 2008.
Boston residents are being told to expect travel to outer New England to take twice as long as normal this weekend.
AAA reports that even though most Americans are on a tight budget, they’re making holiday travel a priority, although most people are going to be traveling by car rather than airplane. (Booked flights are down almost 4 percent from last year.)
Labor Day weekend, which begins Thursday, Aug. 30, and stretches through Monday, Sept. 3, is going to make for crowded roadways. It’s estimated that across the country, some 33 million Americans have Labor Day plans. That’s more than 10 percent.
Last year, the Maine Journal and the Bangor Daily News reported a slew of Labor Day injuries and deaths across the state, including:
- A 19-year-old driver and an 18-year-old passenger who were transported to the hospital after the driver struck a guardrail on the turnpike;
That’s just a sampling, but it’s important to illustrate why safer driving habits must be adopted by everyone – and now is a good time to start. Labor Day essentially marks the beginning of fall, which will mean dipping temperatures, slower, sight-seeing drivers checking out the changing leaves and eventually, nasty winter weather.
Observing safer habits now could save your life.
- As you head out this weekend to join the party, some things to keep in mind:
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