GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The last big travel weekend of the summer is here. AAA-Michigan is expecting more than 1.2 Michigan residents to hit the roads starting Thursday.
That number is a bump in the number of people traveling this holiday weekend compared to last year this time. 91% of those will do so by driving. Of course, they have to deal with state gas prices now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon.
That is "up from $3.57 a week ago. But still less than the $4.04 we paid a year ago today," said Nancy Cain, director of Public Relations. Cain added that the "reason for today's increase is increasing concern about the situation in Syria and Egypt. Crude oil per barrel price is $112 now, a two-year high."
However, gas prices won't stop folks from getting in that last big hurrah. Well, not too much. AAA-Michigan predicts the average person will travel roughly 594 miles from home. That is 32 miles less than last year's average.
But, for us here in West Michigan, that is plenty to get us to some pretty great destinations. Michiganders do want to get to their destinations and back safely. Labor Day ranks among the top six most dangerous holidays to travel. According to, Michigan State Police 8 people died in crashes in 2012. Half of those accidents involved alcohol.
Friday is expected to be the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend. At the top of the WZZM13 home page there are links to local gas prices and the latest traffic updates.