August 30, 2018 — As the last official summer holiday kicks off this weekend, AAA is reminding travelers to celebrate safely and responsibly. AAA auto travel counselors expect thousands of South Dakotans to hit the highways for one last vacation to popular destinations statewide.
“Historically, Labor Day is the least traveled holiday as the three-day weekend concludes when many travelers will be preparing children for school the following Tuesday,” says Marilyn Buskohl, AAA spokeswoman. “Thus, we are seeing many families making plans to stay closer to home or take one tank trips to make the most of the last days of summer.”
National Gas Price Average Holds Steady Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
Last year’s Labor Day weekend saw gas prices spike due to Hurricane Harvey. As it battered the Southeast, it shut down refineries and pipelines driving gas prices toward their highest point of 2017 ($2.67). Despite no hurricane activity this Labor Day weekend, gas prices will be at their highest point for the holiday since 2014.
The current national gas price average has held steady at $2.84, which is two cents cheaper than a month ago, but 46-cents more than a year ago.
Motorists may see a small swing towards higher gas prices, but any jump should not last past the holiday weekend.
Celebrate Safely & Responsibly
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times of year in terms of drunk-driving fatalities. During the 2016 Labor Day holiday period, 43% of nationwide crash fatalities involved drivers who had been drinking.
“Safety should not take a backseat while celebrating,” continues Buskohl. “Driving while impaired is illegal and puts the driver, passengers and other road users at risk of serious injury or death.”
AAA to Rescue More Than 400 Motorists Locally over the Labor Day holiday
AAA expects to rescue more than 400 motorists in South Dakota around the Labor Day holiday. Dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble. AAA recommends motorists take their vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out. Oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests and tire inspections go a long way toward reducing the chances of a breakdown.
AAA offers the following tips for those traveling this Labor Day weekend:
Who's in the Driver's Seat? The Transformation of Transportation
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, AAA and TEDx Wilmington held the first TEDx Salon dedicated to ideas worth spreading in transportation.
This event had:
This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA
Go to Other AAA Clubs
Servicing AAA members in South Dakota since 1925.
This site serves residents of the AAA Club Alliance service area which includes Greater Hartford, CT Area, Cincinnati Tri-State Area, Miami County, OH, Greater Dayton, OH Area, Northwest Ohio, AAA Blue Grass & Bluefield Regions, Southern West Virginia, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Write Us: AAA Club Alliance, One River Place, Wilmington, DE 19801