Shooting hoops, throwing a barbecue or spending time at the park are just a few ways Southeast Texans will be spending the long holiday weekend. Labor day often provides an extra day to play and many Southeast Texans will be heading out of town. Shoppers out Friday evening shared plans of heading to Houston, Austin, Lake Sam Rayburn and even Crystal Beach.
Those trips mean filling up the gas tank. But there's good news; gas prices are lower than they were last year. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas will run you $3.20. That's 18 cents cheaper than last year.
If you want to find the best gas prices, even when you're out of town, there are plenty of gas apps available. Gas Buddy shows current prices in your area so you can plan where to fill up. But once your tank is full, you won't be alone on the roadways. AAA spokesperson, Doug Shupe says more Texans are traveling for the holiday weekend than last year.
"People are willing to spend a little more money to take those vacations and add to the memories that have already been made this summer" said Shupe.
The American Red Cross also suggests you take emergency supplies like food, water, a flashlight and a first aid kit. They also say it's a good idea to let someone know where you're going, which roads you plan to take and when you expect to arrive.
If you'll be celebrating with alcohol over Labor day, The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to find a safe ride home.
Deputy Roger Smith said, "The best thing to do is plan ahead. And get a designated driver, is the best thing. Either spend the night somewhere or get a designated driver."