Low gas prices expected for Labor Day holiday weekend - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Low gas prices expected for Labor Day holiday weekend

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More than 35 million Americans expected to travel over the Labor Day weekend. (WFSB) More than 35 million Americans expected to travel over the Labor Day weekend. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

More than 35 million Americans are planning to get away this Labor Day weekend.

The majority are driving and this year, it’ll cost them much less to fill up their tanks. Some relief at the pump was welcome news to drivers in Connecticut.

“They’re a lot cheaper than they have been and it’s a lot more affordable,” Barbara Deane, of Coventry, said. “I can tell you that.”

According to AAA, locally, gas is about 2.58 PER gallon, continuing its steady decline since mid-July.

It’s the lowest cost to fill up over the holiday weekend in seven years.

 “I fill my tank with $25 to $30 dollars,” Alejandra Madrid, of Hartford, said. “A year ago, it cost me around $40, so it’s a big savings.”

Nationally, the numbers are even better. The average for a gallon of unleaded is $2.45, which is the least expensive gas over the holiday weekend since 2004.

Travel is up by about 1percent from last year, but AAA said the low gas prices weren’t really a factor.

 “Surprisingly, a survey of our members found that our low gas prices while they’re definitely a bonus,” Amy Parmenter, who is the local AAA spokesperson, said. “They weren’t key in people deciding to get away over the weekend.”

In New England, most drivers said they plan to travel at least 100 miles.

With that in mind, AAA recommends filling up your tank before you hit the road.

Last year, in Connecticut, more than 3,000 people requested roadside assistance. About 75 drivers ran out of gas.

“I think a lot of people think ‘oh well I’m only going short distance,’” Parmenter said. “But, if you get caught in traffic, you could be the one running out of gas and causing a further traffic jam.”

To keep your home safe while you’re away, AAA insurance recommends to not announce your travel plans on social media.

For more information, click here or call AAA at 860-236-3261. 

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