BOSTON (WTVQ) – Whereas vacationers may need to get away for the summer season, they won’t be going too far as COVID circumstances and fuel costs proceed to extend.
In line with GasBuddy’s Midsummer Journey Survey, 10% much less People are planning to take a highway journey this summer season than they had been in Could. Regardless of this, gasoline demand hit the best stage of 2021 final week.
In the direction of the start of Could, 57% of People deliberate to take a highway journey, as reported in GasBuddy’s 2021 summer travel survey. Since that survey, fuel costs have risen to the best they’ve been in seven years, the Delta variant of COVID-19 has change into extra prevalent and the Colonial Pipeline shutdown resulted in gasoline shortages within the Southeast.
Now, solely 46% have or are nonetheless planning to take a summer season highway journey.
Gasoline costs have been climbing since early November, because the nationwide common sits at $3.14 per gallon. In Could, 46% of People stated fuel costs deterred taking a highway journey. Nonetheless, that statistic has gone as much as 50% of People.
“With new Covid circumstances rising and gasoline costs at their highest stage since 2014, some
motorists look like re-thinking their summer season journey plans,” stated Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum evaluation at GasBuddy. “Nonetheless, whereas some could also be trimming summer season highway journeys, demand for gasoline stays sturdy throughout the nation, with GasBuddy knowledge displaying that final week’s consumption reached a 2021 excessive, topping the busy July 4 vacation weekend. That can hold costs from falling a lot whilst Covid nervousness rises.”
In the meantime, the rise in COVID-19 issues has additionally brought about extra vacationers to take much less highway journeys. Could’s survey noticed that 22% of People had been taking much less highway journeys due to the virus, whereas July’s survey now says 28% are contemplating COVID-19 of their journey plans.