Poor economic conditions and increasing gas prices haven't discouraged Americans from driving their cars during the upcoming holiday.
A recent AAA survey projects that 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, up from the 32.1 million people who traveled last year during that time.
"In the absence of strong economic growth that might fuel a significant boost in travel volume, it is an encouraging sign that Americans continue to prioritize travel," said Bill Sutherland, vice president, AAA Travel Services. "Travel is still within America's discretionary spending budget."
A healthy travel industry bodes well for the economy. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that 7.6 million jobs are supported through the travel and tourism industries.
According to the survey, 66 percent of respondents said their current financial situations would not negatively impact their travel plans for the holiday. Of the remaining third of respondents, 21 percent said they will economize in other areas to support travel habits, 9 percent said they would take shorter trips and 4 percent said they would use an alternate mode of transportation.
The survey showed that 28.2 million people, or nearly 85 percent of holiday travelers, will journey by way of automobile during the weekend, accounting for an increase of 3.1 percent from the same period of time last year. Gas prices have increased 26 cents over the last month to $3.72, but Americans have not been discouraged from getting behind the wheels of their cars.
Car tips for Labor Day travelers
With nearly 30 million people taking to the streets during Labor Day weekend, it is important to make sure all systems are working properly to ensure comfort and safety.
Maintain air conditioning
Before you take to the road during the unusual high temperatures of summer, be sure the a/c is working properly. If the system can't generate or maintain air temperatures that are around 50 degrees Fahrenheit then there might be a problem. Automotive service centers can repair leaks that will have the a/c working efficiently.
Check your battery
Hot summer temperatures can be detrimental to a car's battery, causing a battery to overcharge, shortening its lifespan. Make sure there is no excess dust or particles that might cause it to heat up.
Check your brakes
This is the second most important tip on the list as many Americans will skip checking their brakes before taking off for the holiday. Proper brake maintenance can save money for future replacements as well.