Maggie Fraser and her husband stop at the shell gas station each year as they drive up to North Carolina for Christmas. Fraser says, "We drive I-95 the whole way, we leave from Florida, go 301 and pick up I-95. Its been a very pleasant drive today, courteous drivers, traffic is flowing. There have been police officers out controlling the traffic, which is good and we stopped here to gas up because the gas prices are better here in South Carolina."
People were also traveling by plane today. Those who were at the Florence Regional Airport were hoping to fly to friends and family well before Christmas day, but instead waited there for hours because of flight congestion at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
More than half of the flights out of Florence were delayed either because of maintenance problems or congestion at Charlotte airport. One family on their way home to Florida waited five hours to fly to Charlotte first and then Orlando.
Todd Osterhout says he's not flying on Christmas Eve again because of this possibly happening again. "They've changed the schedule three times now I've been trying to get home, you now its Christmas Eve I'm trying to get home to my wife, so I'm getting pretty frustrated at the moment," says Osterhout.
Triple A says since December 8th, gas prices are almost 64 cents per gallon below the average than last year. They say the full year-end holiday travel period is December 23- January 3rd.