Charlotte, N.C. -- AAA Carolinas thinks a few more North Carolina motorists will be on the road for the Memorial Day weekend.
The Charlotte-based motor club estimates that 897,300 motorists are expected to hit the road beginning Thursday. That represents a 1.5 percent increase over last year.
A significant drop in gas prices is helping to fuel the increase in holiday travel. The current average price for a gallon of unleaded regular in North Carolina is $3.43, ninth lowest in the country. That's down 37 cents since peaking on Feb. 22. North Carolina's average price is 12 cents per gallon less than on May 22, 2012.
Wilmington has the state's highest average gasoline prices at $3.45. North Carolina's cheapest gas on average is in Boone and High Point, which are both at $3.37.