- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The highways could be busy as millions of travelers make their way home through the Carolinas.

AAA Carolinas predicted that about 4.3 million people in North Carolina and South Carolina were expected to travel at least 50 miles during the holiday season of nearly two weeks that ends Sunday. The increase of about 4 percent over last year was attributed to lower gas prices and a better economy.

The AAA says about nine out of 10 travelers in the Carolinas were expected to drive to their destinations thanks to gasoline prices at their lowest since 2009.

North Carolinians are paying 77 cents less for a gallon of gas than they did a year ago. In South Carolina, gas prices have fallen ever more since the end of 2013.

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