AAA Carolinas: More people will travel this Thanksgiving

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2010 file photo, traffic jams up on the eastbound State Route 91 Freeway near Corona, Calif. According to a complaint filed in federal court, an area on this freeway was an alleged terrorist target of Syed Rizwan Farook, who led an assault that killed multiple people in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015, and his friend Enrique Marquez. Farook was killed. Marquez was charged with multiple federal counts Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.  (Bruce Chambers/Orange County Register via AP, File)  MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2010 file photo, traffic jams up on the eastbound State Route 91 Freeway near Corona, Calif. According to a complaint filed in federal court, an area on this freeway was an alleged terrorist target of Syed Rizwan Farook, who led an assault that killed multiple people in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2, 2015, and his friend Enrique Marquez. Farook was killed. Marquez was charged with multiple federal counts Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (Bruce Chambers/Orange County Register via AP, File) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The AAA Carolinas travel group projects that 2 million people in North Carolina and South Carolina will journey at least 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving. That’s an increase of almost 2 percent over last year.

The group projects 1.4 million people in North Carolina and 670,000 people in South Carolina will hit the road during the Thanksgiving travel period, which extends from Wednesday through Sunday.

AAA Carolinas attributes its projected increase to higher wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence.

The average price of gas in North Carolina is $2.13 a gallon. In South Carolina, it’s $1.99. That’s higher than last year, when the averages were $2.10 and $1.91, respectively.