Heavy travel anticipated for Fourth of July weekend

Heavy travel anticipated for Fourth of July weekend

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Many travelers are expected on the roads this Fourth of July weekend, as gas prices have hit an 11-year low for a holiday travel period.

According to information from AAA, South Carolina has the lowest gas prices in the U.S., at $1.98 a gallon as of Friday.

The national average on Friday was $2.28 a gallon, according to AAA's gas gauge.

AAA anticipates the summer driving season is like to set new records for both gasoline demand and vehicle miles traveled.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend falls in the middle of the 100 deadly days of summer on South Carolina highways.

Motorists are encouraged to be smart behind the wheel and avoid peak travel times, which are from 3 to 5 p.m.

According to information from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, 442 people have died on South Carolina highways as of June 26.

That is compared to 446 highway deaths during the same period in 2015.

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