Will North Carolina highways be busier this Labor Day weekend? Or less busy? The answer is: Compared to what?
AAA is saying it both ways.
The AAA Motor Club put out its national holiday travel forecast on Aug. 26 and said Labor Day travel will be 'way down compared to Labor Day 2008. About 876,000 North Carolinians plan road trips this year, compared to 1.02 million last year, AAA said. Bad news.
Then on Sept. 1 the AAA Carolinas subsidiary, based in Charlotte, reported that Labor Day travel will be 'way up -- compared to Memorial Day 2009 travel. Good news.
It's hard to know which comparison is more appropriate. And it's hard to know how much faith to put in AAA travel forecasts, anyway. ... [MORE]