More than 646,000 Tennesseans and 34.7 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles over the Labor Day weekend, which would be the most for the holiday weekend in six years.
Last year, just over 633,000 in Tennessee and 34.2 million in the U.S. made a Labor Day trip, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group.
"Gas prices are down and consumer spending is up, which should help generate the most travelers for the Labor Day holiday since the record-setting 45 million in 2008," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA.
More than 590,000 Tennessee residents are expected to travel by automobile for Labor Day between Thursday, Aug. 28, and Monday, Sept. 1. Just over 579,600 traveled by automobile last year in Tennessee.
According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Knoxhville is $3.09, compared with $3.23 a year ago. The national per-gallon average is just over $3.43, compared with $3.53 a year ago.