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Michiganders traveling over Labor Day weekend to see higher gas prices

A filling station attendant pumps gas in Portland, Ore., in 2012. A new law took effect this week allowing motorists in some rural counties in Oregon to pump their own gas.
A filling station attendant pumps gas in Portland, Ore., in 2012. A new law took effect this week allowing motorists in some rural counties in Oregon to pump their own gas.

Michiganders traveling over the Labor Day weekend can expect to see higher prices at the pump.

AAA Michigan says the Labor Day weekend is the third busiest travel holiday behind Independence Day and Memorial Day. Many of these travelers will be getting to their destination by car.

Adrienne Woodland is a spokesperson for AAA Michigan. She says gas prices in the state are the highest they’ve been since 2014.

“Most of those increases can be attributed to Hurricane Ida and higher crude oil prices this week." Woodland said.

Woodland says the average price for regular unleaded in Michigan as of Friday is about three dollars and twenty two cents a gallon. That’s up nearly ten cents since Monday, August 30th.

AAA Michigan is also encouraging travelers to keep coronavirus precautions in mind while heading out of town over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Woodland says those taking a trip should be aware of any COVID-19 restrictions in place for the areas they’re visiting.

“You want to understand the impact of COVID-19 and that, and what it may have on the cities and states as you're traveling through.” Woodland said.

Woodland says AAA has an online resource map showing travel restrictions around the country.