Record travel numbers expected in Carolinas for busy Memorial Day weekend

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A lot of people in the Lowcountry plan to travel this Memorial Day weekend, and they'll be joined by plenty of their fellow South Carolina residents.

AAA Carolinas estimates more than 593,000 Carolinians will travel on Memorial Day weekend, the highest number since 2005 and a five percent increase from 2017.

Officials added that more than 520,000 are expected to drive to their destinations, more than 37,000 will take to the skies and just over 32,000 are going to seek other modes of transportation.

Drivers can also expect higher gas prices in the Palmetto State. Its current average of $2.61 is 56-cents higher than last year's Memorial Day price.

AAA advises drivers to have their battery tested,  check for engine coolant leak and check tire conditions as well.

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