Holiday Gas And Travel
Updated: Monday, January 7 2013, 04:19 PM EST
Drivers may have to deal with rain getting to their Christmas destinations but at least it's not snow or the high winds Western North Carolina experienced recently. Traffic along the Smoky Mountain Expressway and I-40 in Haywood County moved right along Monday…a little wet and definitely things to pay attention to like hydroplaning...but far better than snow and high winds. Gas prices have bumped up a bit....something not unusual during a holiday period. But drivers along the roadways weren't too concerned about a few pennies a gallon. Triple A Carolinas says prices are still about 60 cents a gallon lower than their peak back in September. Triple A Carolinas says with an overall drop in gas prices and airfares, it expects a 2 percent increase in holiday travel this year. The DOT is postponing most construction projects around the state. But depending on where you're going, you could run into congestion. Triple A and the Highway Patrol urge patience on the roads this holiday season. Troopers are reminding drivers that their "Booze It And Loose It" campaign runs until January 2nd with stepped up patrols and checkpoints.
By Rex Hodge