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Central Wisconsin hits the road for Labor Day weekend

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The hustle and bustle on the road is a sure sign it's Labor Day weekend.

AAA said more than 34 million people will travel for the holiday. The highest number in 5 years.

"We've been having a lot of people stopping in, getting maps, getting plans," said Brent Dabler, AAA Sales and Service Agent.

The travel agency estimates in Wisconsin, about 638,000 people will hit the road.

Drivers like Wally Cherek said that's why it's important to plan ahead.

"We're leaving tonight to avoid the big rush tomorrow," said Cherek.

Experts said although more people will be traveling this weekend, their trips will be shorter.

Cherek is headed to Fond du Lac for the weekend.

But he said finding cheap gas has been a hassle.

"Where ever you go, they're within a penny or two," said Cherek.

Analysts said gas prices are on the rise, thanks in part to the conflict in Syria.

Still, prices are lower than last year.

Experts said you can still find cheap gas, if you know where to look.

"Shop around, truck stops tend to have better deals, so if you're traveling, just stick to areas that have either major travel stops, or gas stations where there is competition, offer lower prices as well," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst.

Other drivers said they'll drive slower to save gas.

"It's hard to do with a truck and all," said David Knetter.

Cherek said he'll keep watching for the best deals, but he's just ready to put the car in park.

"Once you get there, then we can relax," said Cherek.

As this holiday weekend gets off to a busy start.

Experts at GasBuddy.com also told us they expect the price of gasoline to keep rising through the weekend.

Experts said drivers could notice a jump of about 5 cents by Monday.

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