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Nearly 2M Carolinians to travel for Thanksgiving

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Lower fuel prices are driving a forecast of nearly 2 million Carolinians who are expected to travel during Thanksgiving, according to AAA Carolinas.

The travel agency reported that 617,110 people in South Carolina and 1.26 million people in North Carolina will travel more than 50 miles from home during the holiday - a 1 percent increase from last year.

Ninety percent of those who travel will drive, 8 percent will fly and 2 percent will use trains and buses, according to AAA.

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Experts said that gas prices have dropped significantly in the past two months, to an average of $3.13 in South Carolina and $3.31 in North Carolina.

"The lower price at the pump will encourage more people to drive this Thanksgiving," said AAA Carolinas President and CEO David Parsons.

AAA reported that more Carolinians will travel closer to home, averaging about 588 miles round-trip.

Hotel rates are relatively flat compared to last year, according to AAA.

Most construction projects will be halted during the four-day weekend, but experts urged drivers to use caution when navigating the tricky orange-cone zones.

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