We are so blessed in South Carolina – beautiful places and smiling faces, everywhere you look. Add one more distinction to that list: South Carolina now has the lowest cost gas cost in the nation.
Gas prices have fallen to a state average of $2.41 per gallon. This is nearly one full dollar since this time last year when the average was $3.35 per gallon.
That’s great news for your wallet. The savings can really add up. However, it also means there will be more people on the road. More people on the road mean more of a chance there will be an auto accident.
- More Vacationers – now it’s cheaper than ever to take a vacation. That’s great for your family, but also means more people will be visiting our state. Many of these people will be unfamiliar with our roads. Charleston was just voted the best city to visit in North America
- Unfamiliar vehicles on the road – bikes, motorcycles, golf carts, mopeds and more. When the weather gets warm, the vehicles get strange. Expect more trailers, boats, roof racks, kayaks and campers to be on the road with you. Drivers are also dropping the tops on their convertibles and driving their golf carts to dinner. These vehicles, while fun, can be harder to predict while they are driving. No one on a motorcycle, golf cart or moped is required to wear a helmet in South Carolina, these accidents can be especially serious. Please be aware of these vehicles while you are out and about.
- More Tractor Trailers on the Road – Business is booming in South Carolina, with a new $500 million Volvo plant, a new Mercedes factory in North Charleston, Boeing, BMW and more. This is great for employment, but it also means that there will be more traffic from trucks and trains along with a higher risk of automobile accidents.
- Products are being shipped all across the state – Tractor trailers have a harder time stopping than a normal vehicle and have terrible blind spots. If you are in a car or on a motorcycle, remember to look for the mirrors on a truck, if you can’t see them, they can’t see you.
- More locals on the road – the kids are out of school and looking for things to do around town. There are events happening every day in South Carolina and people are traveling all the time. More time spent on the roads leads to more vehicles and more chances of being involved in an accident.
- See our Back to School safety tips here
- More Summer Drinkers – Many people like to beat the summer heat with a cold adult beverage. When alcohol flows freely, so do the DUIs. Police officers can’t catch every drunk or intoxicated driver, so you we should always watch out for drivers who swerve all over the road. Luckily, there is a new law on the books this year which creates stiffer penalties for drunk driving, forcing many to use a breathalyzer before they can start their car.
- More Distracted Drivers on the road – Cell phones are everywhere these days including behind the wheel with a great many drivers. New laws have been enacted to curb this trend. It is now state law that a person cannot operate a vehicle and text on their phone. I think we can all agree that it’s better to wait to respond to that text or tweet rather than having an accident over it.
Let’s all get out and enjoy the sunshine and all the beauty that South Carolina has to offer. I hope these tips have given you some insight and perhaps will help in some small way. Drive safe and take advantage of those low gas prices.