Despite record-high gasoline prices for the holiday, Southern Californians will travel in higher numbers this Labor Day weekend.
That was the forecast Monday by the Auto Club of Southern California, which predicted that 2.35 million Southland residents will travel over the long weekend, a 3.4% increase over the same holiday period last year.
Gasoline prices are expected to be higher this weekend than during any other Labor Day, with the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline above $4. The previous record average price during Labor Day weekend was in 2008, when motorists paid between $3.80 and $3.90, according to the Auto Club.
Still, gas prices should be lower than the average of $4.25 per gallon that drivers paid during the Memorial Day weekend this year.