Editor's Note: The following is a press release from AAA.
AAA Travel projects slightly over onemillion New Jerseyans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase over last year. The total number of 2012 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high, and is the third increase in holiday travel this year, according to the AAA/IHS Global Insight 2012 Labor Day Holiday Travel Forecast.
A desire for travel and improved consumer confidence drive the increase in expected travel, despite a sluggish economy and recent rises in gas prices. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 30 to Monday, September 3.
“New Jerseyans are making choices that allow them to travel more economically. An increase in travel despite a lack of economic growth is an encouraging sign,” saidCathleen Lewis, Director of Public Affairs for AAA New Jersey Automobile Club.
Impact of household finances on travel plans
While travel overall continues to increase, travelers are increasingly looking for ways to economize on their trips. While 66 percent of intended travelers said their current financial situation would not negatively impact their Labor Day holiday weekend travel plans, many travelers are looking for ways to save.
Budget-minded travelers plan to take shorter trips, use alternate modes of transportation, stay with friends and family or reduce shopping or sightseeing expenses.
Travel by the numbers:
- · New Jersey – 840,269 (84% of travelers), a 2.1% increase from last year
- · Nationally – 28.2 million (85% of travelers), a 3.1% increase from last year
- · New Jersey – 86,773 (8.6% of travelers), an increase of 2.6% from those who flew in 2011.
- · Nationally – 2.5 million (8% of travelers), 3.7% increase from last Labor Day.
Train, Bus, Watercraft or Other Mode
- · New Jersey – 74,989 (7.4% of travelers), a decrease of 1.2% from 2011
- · Nationally – 2.3 million (7 % of travelers),virtually unchanged from last year.
Labor Day gas prices, average per gallon, in New Jersey for the past five years:
Travelers driving to their destinations will find gas prices that are slightly higher than last year’s, but are on the rise due to uncertainty surrounding Tropical Storm Isaac’s potential impact on Gulf Coast refineries.
Travelers concerned about how fuel prices will impact their travel budget can use AAA’s free, AAAMobile app for iPhone and Android devices uses GPS navigation to help travelers map a route, find current gas prices and nearby member discounts and access AAA roadside assistance. Travelers can learn about the AAA Mobile app and AAA Mobile Web at AAA.com/mobile.
Emergency Road Service
AAA recommends routine, preventative maintenance to decrease the likelihood that a vehicle will break down on the roadside. The AAA Car Care Center in Springfield offers a free vehicle trip check—a multi-point vehicle inspection. Visit AAA.com/CarCare or call (973) 467-2651 to make a pre-trip appointment. On the go and need assistance? AAA offers the AAA Approved Automotive Repair Program to help motorists find quality auto repair facilities. These facilities must meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. VisitAAA.com/Repair to find an approved facility or look for the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair shops.
AAA Mobile Battery Service also helps motorists that experience battery trouble. AAA’s battery
service technicians will travel to members—at home or on the go—to test their vehicle’s battery and ascertain if it’s near the end of its life, in need of replacement or susceptible to failure in the summer heat.
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
Locally, the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club, headquartered in Florham Park, provides automotive, travel, insurance, financial and educational services to its more than 400,000 members in Essex, Morris and Union Counties. The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club also owns and operates New Jersey’s first AAA Car Care Center, located in Springfield, N.J.
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