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CHICAGO, IL - MAY 23: Traffic jams up on the Kennedy Expressway leaving the city for the Memorial Day weekend on May 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. AAA forecasts the number of drivers taking to the roads for the holiday will hit a 10-year record. The motor club expects roughly eight in ten Americans to take a road trip during the long weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As we head into a holiday weekend, many people are planning on traveling. I myself, am traveling to Oak Island for one last beach trip before the Summer is over.

While the Coronavirus pandemic has halted some peoples plans to travel, many people will still be out on the roads.

Here are some tips and tricks to make sure your mini-vacation goes off without a hitch:

  • Bring A Mask

    • Depending on where you are traveling, make sure you are up to date with all mask mandates. You also will have to wear a mask on most all forms of public transportation you may take.
    • You can use this map to check mask requirements in each state!
  • Gas Prices

    • Gas prices have noticeably gone up in the last year, and they will stay in the higher range through the long weekend, so prepare for that. Luckily, after the long weekend though, experts are expecting gas prices to level out and lower a bit.
  • Plan ahead

    • Make sure you map out your trip ahead of time to account for all tolls and road closures.
    • THIS WEBSITE is one I often use to help me map out my trips!
  • Traffic Times

    • While AAA has not created a formal travel forecast in a few years due to unpredictability, these times are expected to be some of the most traffic heavy
      • Thursday and Friday afternoon between 3pm-6pm
      • Monday afternoon from 11am-5pm
  • Avoid Getting A Ticket
    • The NC State Highway Patrol will conduct the, “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign from Sept. 3-6, with more patrol presence and checks to ensure safe driving. So remember to watch your speed, and of course never drink and drive.

If you are traveling for Labor Day weekend, remember to stay safe! Have an amazing long weekend.