With the Fourth of July holiday Wednesday, AAA Carolinas reports travel is expected to increase by five percent over last year as more than 506,000 South Carolinians are expected to fly or drive at least 50 miles from home for some rest and recreation.
AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby says those hitting the highways will see average gas prices under three dollars for regular unleaded gasoline. Crosby says, with the state of the global economy, demand for oil is down.
Crosby points out that South Carolina is the only state in the union that has gas prices under three bucks. Crosby says South Carolina historically has had some of the lowest gas prices in the nation for a number of reasons including the fact that the state has the fourth-lowest gasoline tax in the nation (16 cents) that has not risen in 20 years.
Crosby says he doesn’t believe that the current gas prices are the main reason for people hitting the highways, because they have already seen a huge drop over the past few weeks. He says this is an interesting travel week because this year July 4th is sandwiched smack-dab in the middle of two weekends.
AUDIO: Crosby says SC gas prices remain among the nation’s lowest (1:07)