COLUMBIA, S.C. (SCRN/WVOC) - Expect plenty of company on the roads if you're traveling over the Labor Day holiday.
AAA Carolinas predicts nearly 450,000 South Carolina residents will hit the highways for the holiday.
AAA's Angela Daley says that would be a 5% increase over last Labor Day.
She says an improving economy and higher consumer confidence are two reasons, but there are also a couple more.
“Last year, Hurricane Isaac was churning in the Gulf and even though it didn't come close to the Carolinas, it definitely affected the weather,” Daley explains. And so last year we didn't see as many people traveling. This year, gas prices are significantly lower and the weather looks great after a rainy summer.”
Fuel prices are down about 8% from this time last year and South Carolina's prices continue to be among the lowest in the country.
Daley expects that trend to continue because of abundant oil supplies, refineries operating at high capacity and no current threat of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.
But she says prices could go up suddenly if there's a military conflict involving Syria over the use of chemical weapons.