About 1.8 million people in the Carolinas are expected to go out of town for Memorial Day weekend, making it the busiest Memorial Day weekend for travel in the states since 2005, according to AAA Carolinas.
“We are seeing record numbers in [the travel] industry, showing that we have a very strong economy,” said Jeremy Likins, who is a branch manager at AAA Carolinas in Greenville.
Gas prices have crept up 13 cents over the past few weeks, but that’s not keeping travelers off the roads.
“With the economy doing so well, people are willing to pay a couple cents to enjoy the beautiful areas that we have here,” Likins said.
He says the demand for travel is contributing to the higher gas prices. This year about five percent more Carolinians are expected to travel for Memorial Day than last year, according to AAA.
As people hit the roads, there are some safety concerns.
“If it’s raining like it’s supposed to this weekend, make sure that you slow down a little bit,” said Trooper Joe Hovis with S.C. Highway Patrol.