Americans are expected to make fewer trips on the roads this year, experts of the American Association of Motorists say. This is due to restrictions on all modes of transportation and the pandemic in general.
For the first time in 20 years, the association is not sure what the roads will look like on a holiday weekend in summer, as COVID-19 undermines all forecasts. However, for the year as a whole, it is already clear that the number of people traveling will decrease significantly.
Approximate reports suggest that fewer people will travel compared to previous years, which is considered an unofficial start to the summer tourist season. “Last year, 43 million Americans traveled on a Memorial Day weekend, the second largest number of trips since the association began tracking holiday travel in 2000,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel.
“While the recommendations on social distance are still being applied, travel volumes this holiday weekend are likely to be record low,” the expert said.
As the country opens up more and more, the number of trips will increase again, as people will rest in the summer, but most of the trips are likely to stay inside the country, with Americans using cars more often than public transport.