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Tennesseans expected to drive, rather than fly for Labor Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The AAA Auto Club predicts increasing fuel costs won't deter Tennesseans from continuing to drive rather than fly during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Nationwide, the organization predicts a record-setting year for one of the most traveled holiday weekends in a release issued Thursday. AAA estimates 35.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday, up slightly from the 34.8 million who traveled last year. Labor Day is Sept. 4.

In the Auto Club South territory, 650,000 Tennesseans are expected to travel with more than 560,000 opting to pay more to fill up at the pump.

About 95,000 state residents are expected to fly instead. Kevin Blakewell, senior vice president of AAA Auto Club South, said in a release that more travelers prefer to take vacations that allow them to drive instead of fly.

"Overall numbers show a strong interest in regional travel, a preference for having the freedom of mobility that one's own car provides and a stronger interest in traveling closer to home," Blakewell said.

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