Americans will take 150 million fewer trips this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, a decline of nearly 15% from last year, according to AAA.
However, AAA forecasts people will hit the road this summer in numbers very close to recent years. AAA projects 683 million road trips from July to September. That’s only a 3% decline from last summer and a 0.4% decline from summer 2018.
The automobile club has issued summer travel forecasts for years. But this year, because of the coronavirus outbreak, it did not make a projection for Memorial Day, the customary beginning of the summer travel season.
AAA projects a total of 707 million trips this summer, including road, air and rail. The vast majority of trips this summer – 96.5% – will be by car, AAA says.