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AAA: Nearly 410,000 Oklahomans expected to hit the road for Labor Day

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Planning on heading out of town for Labor Day?

Experts say you won’t be the only one.

AAA estimates 408,000 Oklahomans will travel over Labor Day this year, a two percent jump from the 400,300 who traveled last year and the most since Labor Day, 2008. Nationwide, AAA predicts 34.7 million will travel over the long holiday weekend, up 1.3 percent.

“This year, Americans say they’re more optimistic about their financial situation,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma.

“Consumer spending continues to outpace disposable income, indicating that a lot of us are feeling comfortable using our credit cards to take one last summer vacation this year.”

Nearly 85 percent of all Oklahoma travelers (345,000) will celebrate the holiday with a road trip before summer comes to a close.

AAA defines the Labor Day holiday travel period as Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1. Travel is identified as going 50 miles or more from home.

Most U.S. motorists are paying the lowest gas prices for early August since 2010. AAA expects gas prices to have little impact on the number of people traveling for Labor Day, though lower prices will certainly make travel more affordable.

Barring a major development, such as a Gulf Coast hurricane, prices are likely to remain relatively low leading up to the holiday weekend compared with recent years.

The current price of regular gas in Oklahoma is $3.29, which is 14 cents lower than the $3.43 recorded across the state on this date last year. The nationwide average today stands at $3.44, compared with $3.53 last year.