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Road trip! Despite pandemic, Americans plan to travel for Labor Day, but most are driving


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Road trip! Despite pandemic, Americans plan to travel for Labor Day, but most are driving

Dalvin Brown USA TODAYPublished 12:27 PM EDT Sep 5, 2020Despite the pandemic, Americans are planning to still travel this Labor Day weekend. But forget mass transportation like catching flights and taking buses. Most say they’re planning to drive.A national survey from Cars.com found 60% of Americans plan to travel over the three-day weekend, nearly double the 34% who…

Road trip! Despite pandemic, Americans plan to travel for Labor Day, but most are driving

Dalvin Brown
USA TODAY

Published 12:27 PM EDT Sep 5, 2020

Despite the pandemic, Americans are planning to still travel this Labor Day weekend. But forget mass transportation like catching flights and taking buses. Most say they’re planning to drive.

A national survey from Cars.com found 60% of Americans plan to travel over the three-day weekend, nearly double the 34% who planned to travel in a survey before Memorial Day. 

Most of them — 88% — say they plan to take a car, and more people plan to travel further than they did on Memorial Day weekend, the survey found. Most of those traveling plan to visit family members, while 36% will go to the beach and 22% are checking out another state or a national park to celebrate the holiday. 

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The Cars.com data aligns with a forecast from the AAA. The automotive agency projected in June that car trips would reign supreme for summer travel, accounting for 97% of the favored mode of transportation amid the coronavirus crisis.

“We have tracked consumer sentiment about car buying and travel habits during the pandemic for months now — and our findings continue to show that more and more people are turning to car ownership because of the safety and freedom it provides,” said Kelsey Mays, senior consumer affairs editor at Cars.com, in a statement. 

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Airlines, trains and buses tend to be more congested, so using these modes of transportation risks going against health agency guidelines to practice social distancing when possible. 

The ongoing pandemic may also be motivating some in-market car buyers to shop sooner than they had planned. 

The Cars.com study found virus concerns are motivating more than 51% of those on the hunt for a new car this holiday weekend, earlier than they originally planned.

Most of them want sedans. 

Searches for sedans on Cars.com ticked 14 points higher than the growth in overall search activity from April to June of 2020, the classified website said. 

Follow Dalvin Brown on Twitter: @Dalvin_Brown. 

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