Nichole Hannahs

Labor Day Travel

by Nichole Hannahs on August 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

Beginning Thursday 1.2 million Ohioans will travel the roadways for the Labor Day weekend.

It’s a slight decrease from this time last year to 2.4 percent. Even than AAA expects more people to drive over flying, due to the high air fares and fees.

"We think this decrease is because of the economic situation," said Public Relations Manger Kimberly Schwind. "People have less confidence in the economy because of the high gas prices and the economy people have less money, so we’re seeing a little bit of a decrease."

If your one of those packing up the car Schwind said be prepared and make sure your car is road worthy in order to avoid breaking down.

"There’s several things that you need to do," explained Schwind. "You really need to get your car inspected before you go. Make sure those tires are filled up, make sure you have a good battery and just make sure that everything is in good working order because you don’t really want to break down."

AAA said because of economic conditions drivers are also keep cars longer and have put off maintenance and repairs this year, which could cost more money in the long run.