Labor day travel expected to be high

By Caroline Goggin

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 6:27 PM EDT

Kirkwood, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Roads will be busier from Friday until Monday as people are taking off for Labor Day weekend plans.

Before you hit the road, there are some numbers you should know.

AAA released statistics on traveling during the holiday weekend.

34.7 million Americans are expected to engage in some sort of travel over the next few days.

This is the highest Labor Day volume the roads have seen since 2008.

Compared to last year, travel is up 1.3 percent from 34.3 million in 2013.

86 percent of those who are going away will be driving, while only 8 percent will travel by air.

The good news for drivers is that gas prices are at $3.44. That may seem high, but it's lower than last year's average price of $3.59 per gallon.

If you are staying at a hotel, average room prices this weekend are up $10.

Action News caught up with some travelers entering New York Friday morning, many of which say they are not intimidated by the weekend traffic.

"It's not been too bad," said Linda Shumaker. "We just came from York, Pennsylvania so it hasn't been too bad. There have been a lot of police officers out."

"We have no problems because we leave after rush hour and it's rural, so we have very few problems," said Joel Esterman, from Havertown, Pa.

The National Safety Council predicts that 395 people will be killed in car crashes this weekend and more than 42,000 travelers will be injured.

Over the next few days, drivers should take extra precautions on the roads with the increased number of travelers.

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