AAA Carolinas projects a record number of South Carolinians will travel this Independence Day weekend.
With Monday falling on July 4, it will be a long weekend for many travelers. AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright told South Carolina Radio Network that means a record number of people are taking to the roads this year.
“When you look at the fact the holiday travel period is considered Thursday June 30 through Monday July 4, that does in fact impact the volume of travelers we’re going to see,” Wright said.
Lower gas prices are contributing to more people taking to the road. The average price of gas in South Carolina is $2.00, which is 43 cents less than one year ago. AAA expects most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Independence Day gas prices since 2005.
Wright did warn drivers to put down their phones while on the road. “Disconnect and drive. We are in the middle of the 100 deadliest days for teens,” she said. “We’ve got more teen drivers out on the roads. There’re out of school, people are taking summer vacations.”
A recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel, such as texting or talking on the phone.