MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) AAA officials say South Carolina has the third lowest gas prices in the nation. Gas prices overall are higher than last year, which caused a slight decrease in those choosing to hit the interstate. But this dip in drivers does not mean there won't be a lot of people on the road. When you head out today around 600 thousand South Carolina drivers will be sharing the road with you.
The most popular drive times will be in the afternoon and evening, so the earlier you get on the road the better. So for those who are choosing to make the drive to see loved ones this holiday, make sure you account for who you'll be sharing the road with. "The distance and the number of people going really you know," said Murrells Inlet resident Richard Eason. "If it's over 500 miles it probably would fly. Other than that we'll drive."
"Just be conscientious of their fellow travelers," said Tracie Lawrence with AAA Carolinas. "Everybody is trying to get home to see their families to see their loved ones and there will be a lot of folks on the roads. Everybody being patient with their fellow travelers." The South Carolina Highway Patrol says there will be more troopers on the Interstates and major highways today looking for aggressive drivers Wednesday and Sunday.
And if you're taking to the air for your Thanksgiving travel plans, officials with the Myrtle Beach airport say when it comes to rainy weather like this, it's important to double check the status of your flight before you leave the house. The best way to check is to call your airline for your flight's status and they can also rebook your flight. The best thing to do is to come to the airport only when you are sure your flight will still be taking off, so as not to add to the commotion on a busy travel day.
AAA says more people are choosing to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday this year than the past four years. Almost 50 thousand people are predicted to fly even with the 20 percent rise in air fare charges. "I prefer flying," said Myrtle Beach resident Judy Allen. "Because I feel very comfortable doing that and you get to the airport and you're on the flight and ready to go."
"Do one last check," said airport spokeswoman Lauren Morris. "Give yourself extra time. I think when we do holiday travel there's always issues. It's one of the highest volume travel days of the year. So whether you're flying to Florida or flying to New York, there could be delays in other parts of the country that affect your flight. So plan ahead, do a little extra research and you'll be good to go."
As a reminder you'll also need extra time because of the current parking situation in the airport. Officials with the airport say there are 200 fewer spaces than usual, so plan so you can get a spot.