Road trips will be costlier this Labor Day weekend

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Air travel has been lower than expected this month, and Labor Day weekend driving trips could be, too.

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Triple-A no longer makes forecasts for Labor Day travel, but spokeswoman Molly Hart estimates most travelers will be driving. For many, the road trip will be short because most kids are in school by now.

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“They feel more safe in an automobile, and it also gives them a little bit more control and freedom,” Hart said. “They might take a side trip on their way to their final destination.”

Meantime, she said, those who do drive are going to pay prices that haven’t been this high in seven years.

With Hurricane Ida disrupting oil production and refining another 3 to 5 cents could be tacked on by the weekend.

Hart on Tuesday said concerns about the Delta variant of the coronavirus have steered drivers to vacation spots with outdoor options, such as state parks and beaches.

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