2.1 million Carolinians projected to travel for Thanksgiving; tips before hitting the road

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – AAA projects that 2.1 million people from South Carolina and North Carolina will travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday. Before hitting the road there are some tips travelers should be aware of to prepare for their trips.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are the busiest travel days. Thanksgiving morning usually experiences the lightest traffic. The organization recommends leaving earlier or later than these days to avoid heavy traffic.


AAA recommends that travelers map a route in advance, have roadside assistance contact information on hand in case of an emergency, keep cell phones and chargers nearby and be patient and expect delays. The organization is also reminding drivers to obey all traffic laws, not to speed and wear a seat belt.

Milon Enos, a mechanic from Mount Pleasant, told News 2 about recommendations he has for drivers who are traveling for the holiday.

“Check your tires, first and foremost, make sure there are no nails or anything in the tires,” said Enos. “[Make sure] air pressure is very adequate… and then also make sure your oil is changed.”

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