Slight rise in South Carolinians traveling for Thanksgiving

STAFF PHOTO BY CINDY KUBOVIC ¬ Fall in Aiken ¬

CHARLESTON — The number of South Carolinians hitting the road for the long Thanksgiving weekend is expected to be up slightly this year.

AAA Carolinas said Thursday that an estimated 660,000 South Carolinians are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the weekend.

The motor club based in Charlotte, North Carolina, says that’s just under a 1 percent increase from a year ago. About 90 percent of those traveling will be driving.

AAA Carolinas reports that gas prices have dropped steadily in South Carolina in recent months and now average about $1.88 a gallon -- about 71 cents lower than last Thanksgiving.

Last Thanksgiving weekend eight people died on the roads in South Carolina, up five from the year before.