More travelers expected this Thanksgiving

More Georgians and South Carolinians are expected to travel this Thanksgiving, according to AAA Auto Club South.

More people are expected to drive this year, but fewer are planning to fly, based on the results of a national AAA survey.

Georgia is expected to see a 3 percent increase in travel, with 1.2 million Georgians expected to travel more than 50 miles from home.

South Carolina is forecasting a 2.3 percent rise with 569,000 travelers.

Gasoline prices are expected to remain steady or decline despite the increase in travel.

Fuel prices in Georgia are averaging about $2.50 a gallon, according to AAA's daily fuel report.

Prices in South Carolina are about $2.48 a gallon. The national average is about $2.64 per gallon, according to the AAA report.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is planning to increase its trooper count on the roads.

The Georgia State Patrol also will be looking for speeders, seat belt infractions and impaired drivers.

Last year, Georgia had 19 traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday and South Carolina had 14.

Reach Erin Zureick at (706) 823-3217 or erin.zureick@augustachronicle.com.

FORECAST

GEORGIA: Partly cloudy through Saturday. Lows in the upper 30s and highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Partly cloudy or sunny through the weekend with lows in the upper 30s and highs in the mid 60s.

TENNESSEE: Mostly cloudy with lows between 30 and 40 and highs in the mid 50s.

ALABAMA: Mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows in the mid to upper 30s.