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