AAA Carolinas projects that 670,000 South Carolinians will be traveling 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving.
According to the AAA, this year’s increase is spurred by improvements in the economy during the second half of the year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence. South Carolina’s fuel prices sit at $1.99 per gallon, well under the national average of $2.14. The state’s average last year was $1.91.
The organization’s spokeswoman Tiffany Wright told South Carolina Radio Network that, while a lot of people will be traveling this week by some means, most will be doing it by car.
“Were going to be congested, there are going to be a lot of folks on the road,” said Wright. “Of those traveling fifty miles or more from home 90 percent will be doing so with a road trip.”
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27. “This Thanksgiving holiday period is a five day holiday period, so it’s going to be congested. There’s going to be a lot of folks on the road,” Wright said.
AAA offers some simple holiday road survival tips for motorists:
*Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
*Keep valuables in the trunk or covered storage area.
*Have your roadside assistance contact information on hand in case an incident occurs on the road.
*Keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times, in case of emergency.
*Obey traffic safety laws: Wear your seatbelt. Don’t speed. Don’t drink and drive. Eliminate distractions behind the wheel.
Check road conditions before you leave at the South Carolina Department of Transportation website.