(WLTX) - Lower gas prices are fueling a higher number of people hitting the roads this Thanksgiving.
According to AAA Carolinas, 617,110 people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. 555,400 will drive, an increase of about 5,400 from last year.
The average in South Carolina for a gallon of gas is $3.13, which is down 50 cents from where it was in September.
The highest number of travelers leaves on Wednesday (45 percent) while most return on Sunday (36%), according to the travel group.
Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous annual holidays due to its four-day length and the congestion caused by the high number of highway vacationers.
Fewer people will travel by air this year--about 49,000 people in the Palmetto State total. Another 12,000 will take a bus, train, or some other mode of transportation.