Number of holiday motorists in Texas to reach 2.1 million

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Aug. 29, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

"I'll be at  work on Labor Day."

"I'll be at work on Labor Day."    Jessica Rodrigo for The Victoria Advocate

Low gas prices might entice Crossroads residents to do some traveling this Labor Day weekend.

Because the Crossroads is near the coast, residents have a good head start to reach the water before the rest of the state.

Doug Shupe, AAA Texas/New Mexico spokesman, said there will be an estimated 2.1 million people in Texas who will be on the road this holiday weekend.

"The primary mode is by automobile. It's still the most economical for most people," he said.

According to Shupe, research shows that most travelers will be taking this three-day weekend to travel to some of the major metropolitan cities and to the coast to spend time with friends and family.

Some people will travel Thursday through Monday, but the majority will begin their travel plans Friday after they punch out from work.

"Gas prices have been dropping for the last few weeks," Shupe said, which may add to the spike in travel.

The state's average price for gas as of Thursday was $3.26. Compared to the national average, travelers in Texas can expect to pay $0.17 less per gallon at the pump.

Friday, the lowest gas price in Victoria was at $3.10 per gallon. While diesel prices in the area remain at $3.54, travelers will continue to pay less than other travelers.

Another option for families traveling this weekend includes state parks and lakes.

"For a lot of folks, it's a good time to hit the amusement parks," Shupe said.

For Dan Shine, 52, traveling on holiday weekends is a normal routine. He travels from Liberty Hill to Port O'Connor for a chance to see friends and enjoy some rest and relaxation.

"There's going to be too many people fishing this time," he said at the pump.

Shine said he always stops in Victoria to fill up on his way to Port O'Connor when he travels. He said he will likely stay until Monday, then hit the road again for his three-and-a-half-hour drive back home.

Granier Alton, 57, of Sugar Land, headed south for his Labor Day weekend. He said Victoria was a typical stop on his drive to Rockport.

"I'm going to go fishing with some friends," Alton said at the pump.

The gas prices aren't really a big factor in his travel plans. If he has a long weekend, he says he'll drive to Rockport to meet up with friends.

Ultimately, Shupe said drivers should be careful on the road this weekend because there will be lot of people traveling out of town and back again before Monday.

"We want everyone to have a safe weekend," he said.

It will be hard to know whether the prices will go up after the holiday weekend because there are too many factors involved that affect those prices, Shupe said.

"We're hopeful the gas prices will continue to drop lower and provide more relief for consumers," he said.



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