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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.

Roads are always a bit more busy during long weekends, and after a long two years in a pandemic, I expect this Labor Day weekend to be extra busy.

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

  • Gas Prices

    • Gas prices have noticeably gone up in the last year, but luckily they’ve started to fall a bit recently. While they are still moderately high, they are no longer over $4 a gallon like they were at the beginning of Summer.
  • 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. 2-5, 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.