Low Gas Prices Lead to Highest Expected Thanksgiving Travelers Traffic

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South Carolina Hopes to Keep Traffic Deaths Low During Busy Thanksgiving Travelers Season

Thanksgiving TravelersEvery holiday season, AAA offers traffic safety and travel tips during busy road travel times, including Thanksgiving travelers. This year, AAA forecasts that the greatest number of Americans will travel on the roads since 2007 – a whopping 46.3 million people driving to and from Thanksgiving celebrations.

The huge increase in holiday traffic has been linked to gas prices being at their lowest in five years. The average national price for gasoline this year is 43 cents lower than last year – $2.85 per gallon, compared to 2013’s $3.28 per gallon.

About 89% of all Thanksgiving travelers will drive to their destinations, which is a 4.3% increase over last year’s Thanksgiving traffic forecast.

About 656,000 South Carolinians in particular are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. About 591,000 of those Thanksgiving travelers will drive.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays for drivers, because many people take off work or school beginning on Wednesday, then return Sunday or Monday. Many people frequently drive either a short distance to visit family on Thanksgiving day itself, or travel a greater distance out of town just before the holiday. Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday for some, and during the celebrations, many people drink, which can lead to a South Carolina DUI charge, or even worse, a South Carolina car accident. The high number of drivers on the road at any time increases the risk of a car accident, and the added stress can make an accident even more likely.

Traffic safety seems to be improving in South Carolina, just in time for the holiday season. Statewide, there have been 692 deaths in traffic accidents this year, which is down from 707 traffic deaths last year. However, so far 5 people died in South Carlina car accidents just this past weekend alone – the weekend before the holiday – which could signal a rough holiday for South Carolina’s drivers. Last year, a total of 5 people died over the Thanksgiving weekend itself.

Consumer Reports offers driving and traffic safety tips for the Thanksgiving traffic this year:

  1. Be prepared with an emergency kit including water, first aid kit, blanket, and flashlight.
  2. Know the weight capacity of your vehicle and be careful how much you pack in your car. Extra load can put stress on the vehicle’s frame, and could cause it to buckle in the event of an accident.
  3. Be patient during times of heavy traffic.
  4. Don’t be distracted. Do not use cell phones while driving, even just to talk, because you could cause an accident. Hand your phone to someone else in the car, or pull over, if you absolutely must make a call or send a text.
  5. Make sure to wear your seat belt!

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Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, distracted driving can lead to an accident, causing serious personal injury or even death. If you have been injured by an accident caused by distracted driving, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.

Thanksgiving Traffic Will Be Thicker than Ever in South Carolina

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This Thanksgiving Holiday, More South Carolinians Than Ever Will Hit the Road, Expect Traffic

trafficAccording to AAA of the Carolinas, about 567,000 motorists in South Carolina will drive to and from Thanksgiving day celebrations over the national 5 day holiday.

The motor club also said that 630,000 South Carolinians will travel for Thanksgiving, which is slightly up from the last few years – and most of them will be in the car.

The estimate from AAA covers only Thanksgiving travelers that the group believes will travel 50 miles or more. Motorists will compose about 90% of the Thanksgiving holiday travelers, which means worse traffic this year.

The Thanksgiving period is defined as between Wednesday, November 27th, and Sunday, December 1st. The highest number of holiday travelers depart on Wednesday (37%), and most will return on  Sunday (33%). Air travel departure times are a little earlier, with most Thanksgiving travelers leaving on Monday, November 25th, and expected to return the following Monday, November 2nd.

Because the holiday is 5 days long, Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous holidays for drivers. Increased traffic significantly raises the risk of car accidents. Last year, 13 people died in car crashes while traveling for Thanksgiving in South Carolina, which was an 8% increase for the annual average traffic fatalities for the rest of 2012.

“As a traditional family holiday, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel weekend of the year,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “Drivers should expect heavy congestion and plan on taking more time to reach their destination.”

Although Thanksgiving is always a busy and therefore dangerous driving holiday, this year traffic volume will be larger due to lower gas prices. Additionally, more people are expected to drive because not as many people have purchased plane tickets for travel, despite airline prices being 1% lower than last year.

To help Thanksgiving travelers reduce stress and stay safe, the SC State Transport Police, the SC Trucking Association and SC Highway Patrol will be holding Safety Breaks at three rest stops around the state. These will be held at rest stops along the most popular highways in South Carolina: the Cherokee County Welcome Center along I-85, the Orangeburg Rest Area on I-26, and I-95’s Colleton County Rest Area. Officers will hand out safety materials and interact with drivers to help prevent distracted  driving and encourage seatbelt use.

Survey data is taken from AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, AAA/HIS Global Insight holiday travel forecast and AAA Carolinas data.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury Cases from Distracted Driving Accidents

Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, distracted driving can lead to an accident, causing serious personal injury or even death. If you have been injured by an accident caused by distracted driving, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.