BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) — Nearly a third of Americans are planning to drive this summer, regardless of the risk of contracting the new virus, as gasoline prices fall as a result of the outbreak, according to a survey by U.S. travel app GasBuddy.
A GasBuddy survey of more than 1,800 Americans found that 31 percent said they plan to travel by car this summer. That number is likely to rise, as 51 per cent of respondents said they were undecided and only 18 per cent explicitly ruled out driving out.
Sarah McCrary, chief executive of GasBuddy, said in the report: “As people continue to assess the situation, short trips are likely to surge at the last minute in the second half of the summer. “
However, the number of people planning summer driving trips is still down 44 per cent compared with last year.
Most of those who plan to drive out say they plan to visit friends and family, while only a few say they want to drive to beaches, lakes or national parks.
However, research suggests that the current low oil prices may not last as states continue to restart their economies. While the average oil price in 40 states is now less than $2 a gallon, the average price of oil in the United States has risen over the past two weeks, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
“As more states reopen, increased demand is continuing to push up oil prices across the country,” the American Automobile Association said in a report. “