Lane closures halted as SC drivers hit the roads for holiday travel

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is trying to make travel a little easier for drivers this holiday season.

Lane closures on interstate highways are prohibited for non-emergency highway  from Friday at 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

AAA Carolinas said it expects just over 1.3 million South Carolinians hitting the roads over the 10 day holiday period. Higher gas prices aren't expected to deter drivers , South Carolina's average gas price currently sits at $2.16 compared to last year’s $2.03.

AAA also offered the following holiday road survival tips:

  • style="margin-left:0in;vertical-align:top;">Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads.
  • style="margin-left:0in;vertical-align:top;">Keep valuables in the trunk or covered storage area.
  • style="margin-left:0in;vertical-align:top;">Have your roadside assistance contact information on hand in case an incident occurs on the road.
  • style="margin-left:0in;vertical-align:top;">Keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times, in case of emergency.
  • style="margin-left:0in;vertical-align:top;">Obey traffic safety laws: Wear your seatbelt. Don’t speed. Don’t drink and drive. Eliminate distractions behind the wheel, such as mobile devices. Disconnect and drive.
  • style="margin-left:0in;vertical-align:top;">Before hitting the road, make sure your vehicle is road-trip ready. Stop by a trusted repair shop for an inspection.

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