Labor day travel could set post-recession record

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - AAA expects a record number of people traveling this weekend. Nearly 1 million Virginians are predicted to head out of town.

The traffic numbers could set a post-recession record. AAA says this increase could be a reflection of the continuing slow and steady economic recovery.

Most people will be driving this weekend despite rising gas prices. Hurricane Isaac is partially to blame for the added pain at the pump. The storm shut down many oil refineries along the Gulf Coast.

The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.65. That's 15 cents lower than the national average, but still ten cents more than what we were paying last week.

AAA expects most travelers to spend about $50 more this weekend than last year. Travelers are expected spend an average of nearly $750.

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