Lower prices at the pump have holiday travelers gassed up

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The holiday travel rush kicks off Friday and according to some travel experts, you can expect to see a lot more drivers on the roads this year across the state. According to AAA Carolinas, this is because of falling gas prices in South Carolina.

The statewide average is the lowest South Carolina has seen since February of this year, when the price per gallon was $2.92. According to the AAA Carolinas, you will find the cheapest gas in Spartanburg at $3.01. In Myrtle Beach, the average price at the pump is $3.06.

Unlike the declining gas prices, airfares have spiked. The cost of flying is up 21 percent from last year. During this time of the year, finding a ticket can prove to be difficult. Many of the flights to major cities have been sold out since mid-December according to AAA travel agents.

In a sagging economy, driving appeals to holiday travelers as the better value. According to Tracie Lawrence, Branch Manager with AAA, 92 percent of holiday travelers in South Carolina will be driving on the roadways. Experts estimate 1.17 million South Carolina drivers will take the wheel during this holiday travel season.

Lawrence recommends that if you are hitting the roadways this holiday season, try to leave for your destination early in the morning to avoid the holiday rush.

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