Americans Are Expected To Take More Road Trips This Year

Americans Are Expected To Take More Road Trips This Year

Usually AAA issues a press release on its holiday travel and gas price predictions right before long weekends, like this Memorial Day. This year they didn’t bother; Covid-19 lockdowns and our varying levels of commitment to those rules have made all modeling useless. The organization did predict some good news however: the resurgence of the American road trip For the first time in 20 years, AAA is unsure what the roads will look like this Memorial Day weekend: For the first time in 20 years, AAA will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast, as the accuracy of the economic data used to create the forecast has been undermined by COVID-19. The annual forecast – which estimates the number of people traveling over the holiday weekend – will return next year. Anecdotal reports suggest fewer people will hit the road compared to years past for what is considered the unofficial start of the summer travel season. “Last year, 43 million Americans traveled for Memorial Day Weekend – the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel volumes in 2000,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel. “With social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend’s travel volume is likely to set a record low.” Memorial Day 2009 currently holds the record for the lowest travel volume at nearly 31 million travelers, according to AAA. That holiday weekend, which came toward the end of the Great Recession, 26.4 million Americans traveled by car, 2.1 million by plane and nearly 2 ...
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