PERRYSBURG, Ohio — A big holiday weekend is ahead of us.
With kids back in school, Labor Day tends to be one of the less traveled summer holidays, some even celebrate it by working or laboring, as the title suggests.
"I'm working all weekend, so I'm working downtown for the parade and the parking garage, and and I work at a church as a janitor, and then I'll be putting some light fixtures together. Go labor," Jerry Thompson of Perrysburg said.
We all like to commemorate the holiday in some way whether it's close by or not.
Jon Meerdink is getting the car ready today and using the holiday to take his seven-week-old baby to meet his grandparents for the first time.
"We are driving out to Wisconsin tomorrow. We're going to spend some time with my family, that's where I'm from originally, so my wife and I are packing up our kid and heading to the east side of Wisconsin," he said.
According to AAA, Ohio drivers will likely save 25-cents a gallon or more in the fall compared to this summer, despite the states recent gas tax increase. But it's important to know that the mere threat of a hurricane making landfall can impact production, leading to a price increase,
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused the national gas price average to jump 30-cents in a matter of days.
According to U.S. Travel Association, Oxford Economics and Ipsos, Americans left 768 million vacation days unused in 2018, and 236 million days were completely forfeited. Research shows last year, more than half of Americans, 55 percent, failed to use all of their time off, so even if you can't make it out of town this weekend, there's still months to go in 2019 as long as you plan ahead.
"AAA is reminding people for the Labor Day Weekend, which marks the end of summer travel season, to put down your phones and be aware out on the roads if you're going to be traveling away from home," Cindy Russeau, Regional Office Manager for AAA explained.
Above all else, AAA wants to remind you to drive safe, not intoxicated or "in-text-icated" by being distracted or entranced by your phone.
Whether you hit the city streets or the interstates:
"You have a good weekend," said Thompson.