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4 Things To Know Before Hitting The Road for Labor Day

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | September 01, 2016

4 Things To Know Before Hitting The Road for Labor Day

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By now most travelers have likely locked in their Labor Day Weekend plans.

Nonetheless, there are a few key things to consider before leaving home this summer. Perhaps none more important than the weather forecast.

 READ MORE: Tropical Storm Hermine Raining on East Coast’s Labor Day Festivities 

But while Mother Nature is unpredictable, here are four certainties that travelers should be aware of before they hit the road this weekend.

Hurricane Season is in Full Swing

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Hurricane season is here and Mother Nature is showing little mercy ahead of the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Beachgoers along the East Coast will want to keep a close eye on the weather forecast as Tropical Storm Hermine prepares to make landfall in Florida early Friday. While the impact in terms of rain, wind and storm surge in surrounding destinations remains to be seen, the storm's path has it moving northeast up the Eastern Seaboard over the course of the weekend.

Meanwhile, fresh off of a near-miss with Tropical Storm Madeline, Hawaii faces a potential threat from Hurricane Lester, a Category 2 storm currently moving west toward the Aloha State.

Don't Get Your Gas Just Anywhere

Heading to Florida? Gas Up in South Carolina.

According to AAA, South Carolina has the lowest average gas price in the country at $1.95 per gallon. If you’re headed down I-95, fill your tank at Exit 5 in Hardeeville, South Carolina and you should be able to bypass Georgia, which has seen a positive nine-cent swing in gas prices. But here’s the catch: you’ll be in Florida, where gas prices have experienced a record 13-cent swing in the past week. And what’s more, market watchers tracking this weekend’s storms are causing regional gas prices to experience some of the highest increases in the country.

Those traveling out west will get some kind of relief in gas prices. While West Coast gas prices remain the highest in the nation, the region has seen some of the smallest increases in gas prices. Heading through the Rockies, the Midwest and the northeast, you’ll notice fairly stable gas prices. Nationally, the average gas price as of Sept. 1 was $2.223 a gallon.

Leave Early or Anticipate Traffic

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An extended weekend and low gas prices translate to tons of cars and trucks on the road. The easiest way to avoid sitting in stop-and-go traffic on the way to the beach or a family cookout is to leave early. The best move would be to leave Thursday if at all possible.

READ MORE: When is The Worst Day To Travel For Labor Day Weekend?

If you have to travel Friday it's best to leave early and beat the rush. But if your job, family or travel plans prevent you from leaving early, make sure to plan for and expect a delayed commute. This way you won't be late to your destination and you won't get an aggressive driving ticket on the way.

Get Ready to Share the Airport

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It's expected that a whopping 15.6 million passengers will take to the skies this Labor Day Weekend, according to the latest projection from Airlines for America.

Therefore, air travelers should anticipate busy airports, especially on Friday, which will be the busiest air travel date over the course the upcoming holiday. Interestingly, Saturday will be the best day to fly. Monday, meanwhile, projects to be just slightly better than Friday.

Travelers flying out of Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago this weekend should expect to have plenty of company, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport set to send off more than 1.1 million passengers this holiday, per Airlines for America.

TravelPulse Managing Editor Barry Kaufman contributed to this report.

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