RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Drivers can expect some company on the roads for Labor Day weekend.

AAA projects 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more, the highest since 2008. Eighty-six percent of travelers are expected to drive, thanks to gas prices that are lower than they’ve been in 10 years.

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“Lower gasoline prices are a strong motivation for people to get out and take a trip,” AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr. told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

Gas prices nationwide average $2.53 per gallon, which is nearly a dollar cheaper than last year, AAA said.

The price for a gallon of regular at the Vince Lombardi rest area on the New Jersey Turnpike dropped from $2.34 to $2.27 Friday morning, leaving many drivers smiling.

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“I think it’s pretty good,” said Dwayne Joyce, who is traveling to Massachusetts. “Down in Atlanta, Georgia I think it’s at $2.50.”

“I’m retired so every penny counts,” said Dieter Koontz, who is driving to Florida. “You don’t want to spend anymore than you have to.”

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AAA predicts the top travel destinations for New Yorkers will be Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Orlando, Florida; Washington, DC; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.