Depending on the weather, an estimated 460,000 South Carolinians were expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend.
Hurricane Hermine is projected to blow through eastern South Carolina on Friday afternoon and evening. However, things are expected to clear up once Saturday begins.
AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright said those venturing on the roads this weekend should focus on driving. “A big problem is driving distracted,” she told South Carolina Radio Network. “So put those mobile devices down. We like to say disconnect and drive,” said Wright.
Palmetto State travelers on Labor Day weekend will enjoy some of the lowest gas prices in the nation. South Carolina’s average price per-gallon currently sits around at $1.96, the lowest in the country according to AAA.
After dropping for two months, pump prices are again on the rise, but Wright said they are still low. “We’re still experiencing the lowest gas prices we have for this Labor Holiday since 2005. So that’s great for motorists.”
Labor Day weekend is included in the 100 Deadliest Days, a period during the summer months when crashes for teen drivers increase significantly. Recent research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirms that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel. The research also found a distributing trend showing that texting and social media use are on the rise amongst teen drivers.
Last year during Labor Day weekend South Carolina endured close to 900 crashes, 403 people injured, and nine fatalities.