Long lines and busy roads are the name of the Thanksgiving travel game

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Wednesday is Thanksgiving eve, the busiest travel day of the year.

According to AAA, more than 46,000 Americans are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving travel period. That's more than the country has seen in about 7 years.

Of those travelers, 90% will be hitting the road. The increase of holiday travel can be partially attributed to cheap gas prices.

During Thanksgiving week 2013, a gallon of gas cost, on average, $3.27, according to AAA. Travelers this year can expect to see the average around $2.81.

Meanwhile, the average price per gallon in SC is $2.55.

For travelers like Vinis Sandbatala, who's heading to Texas with family, driving by car was the only travel option.

"So, it's really really cheap to go by car now," said Sandbatala. "About 6 months ago it was a dollar more than this now a dollar cheaper so it's good."

SC Highway Patrol is strengthening its presence on the roadways this holiday season, hoping the 2014 Thanksgiving travel period will mirror that of 2013.

"Here in the state of South Carolina, we have target zero fatalities," said Trooper Wimberly. "Last year, during the holiday season, the Thanksgiving holiday period, we had zero fatalities and out here. South Carolina highway patrol, we're dedicated to saving lives out here and we just ask that people drive with enough sense to you know that collisions are out here."

Those traveling by sky can also expect to see traffic, too. During the Thanksgiving period in 2013, the Charleston International Airport saw more than 30,000 people pass through the gates. Even more are expected this year.

Charleston International Airport Director Paul Campbell says they've been preparing all year for this holiday travel period.

"So, we're going to make sure that we try to make the travel experience as pleasurable as we can for our people," said Campbell. We're working with the airlines to make sure they're adequately covered and they're ready to go. We want to make sure. Just allow a little extra time because of all the stress and the rush."

The Thanksgiving travel period ends Sunday at midnight.

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