This week's high temperatures are already causing headaches for travelers. AAA's Cheryl Parker reports roadside emergency assistance calls are up eight percent and flat tire calls are up 21 percent heading into the holiday weekend.
"If you have low tire inflation the heat can expedite the flattening of that tire and it can drain your battery terminal," says Parker. "Just like the heat affects your body when you don't get enough water or there's too much heat on your body, it does the same thing to your vehicle."
If you're going out of town for the Labor Day weekend, you'll have lots of company. AAA is projecting 34.1 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. Nearly 1.4 million Ohioans will also be traveling, up 3.3 percent.
"This is the highest number that we've seen for Labor Day travel since the decline during the recession," said Cheryl Parker, AAA Corporate Public Affairs Manager. "It appears the improving economy is helping to get more people feeling more comfortable about taking a road trip for this holiday weekend."
AAA is predicting the national average price of gasoline for Labor Day this year will be the highest ever for the holiday. Spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says we're looking at a high for local gas prices as well:
"The highest for us locally was$3.75 last year on Labor Day; and, as you can see, we're already at the average of $3.93. So it's already the highest that we're seeing pretty much across the country."
Other average prices from the Cincinnati AAA office: Ohio, $3.90; Kentucky, $3.87; and Covington, $3.96.