More motorists expected on the road for Memorial Day holiday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Gas prices won't stop people from packing up and heading out of town for the Memorial Day weekend.

Analysts say travel is expected to increase this year compared to last.

Living in South Carolina has its advantages, we have some of the most amazing beaches, phenomenal hotels, fantastic food and now we can add the lowest gas prices in the nation.

For example, at a local gas station in West Ashley, prices for a gallon of gas is $3.29. With prices that low, travelers are expected to stay in state for the long weekend, which is good for the local economy.

AAA Carolina's estimates more than 400,000 South Carolina motorists will hit the road on Friday. Most are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home and a little more than 30,000 will to take to the skies.

Hotel bookings are up 11 percent over last Memorial Day weekend and car rentals have increased for the holiday weekend by 18 percent.

The start of Memorial Day begins the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers.

According to AAA, seven of the ten most deadly days of the year are from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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