Gas Prices Won't Stop Travelers this Labor Day


POSTED: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 6:45am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 7:12am

EL PASO - Even with the recent hike in gas prices travelers are still trying to get out of town for the last major summer holiday.

A AAA survey shows that 33 million people will hit the road this long weekend and drive at least 50 miles to get out of town to celebrate the holiday.

The Automotive and Travel Services Group says the vast majority of travelers, 28.2 million of them, will hit the roadways for their trip.

Since last year's survey, the number of travelers is up 2.9%, even though the average price of gasoline is up 14 cents since then.

The Labor Day survey looks at the travel period between thursday, August 30th and Monday, September 3rd.

Here are some tips from AAA to conserve gas while on the road.

  • Maintain steady speeds
  • Lighten the load
  • Use the air conditioner conservatively.

The average price of gas here in El Paso is almost 4 cents lower than national average, according to ">Click here to find AAA's tips to conserve gas and the lowest gas prices around your city.

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