Record Number of Holiday Travelers
AAA Carolinas predicts that a record number of drivers will hit Tar Heel roads during the holiday period.
The organization estimates that 2,826,500 North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more between Saturday, December 21 through Wednesday, January 1.
The weather is forecasted to be clear for the most part, so N.C. Highway Patrol says the major concerns over the next week and a half will be distracted and tired driving. They say accidents are likely to happen on backroads, not only interstates and to be increase your following distance if roads do get crowded.
The auto club says gas prices are at the exact same spot they were during the holiday season last year - currently at an average of $3.23 statewide. High Point is offering the cheapest rate, at $3.18 a gallon and Boone has the highest hike - with gas stations in the college town charging an average of $3.30 a gallon.