|A return to road trips, air travel|
For some, the great American road trip might be returning in full force this summer.
After more than a year under various pandemic-related restrictions that left many people hesitant to travel, or even use public transportation, Americans are starting to get out and about again.
Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, AAA Travel forecast that more than 37 million people in the U.S. would travel 50 miles or more from home. The Transportation Security Administration ended up seeing about 8.8 million people pass through its airport checkpoints between Friday and Monday.
But while air travel is increasing, Bridgestone Americas found that some people are still more inclined to hop in the car.
Nearly 4 in 5 Americans feel safer traveling in a car than on a plane this summer, according to a survey conducted by the Nashville-based subsidiary of tire supplier Bridgestone Corp.
The study, released last week, involved more than 1,000 U.S. adults who own or lease a private vehicle.
The survey also found that nearly one-third of Americans plan to travel more than 500 miles by car this summer.
But even with easing travel and mask restrictions, as well as the uptick in the number of Americans vaccinated and the decrease in COVID-19 cases, some aren't yet eager to hit the road or be around large groups of people, Bridgestone found.
Only 13 percent of respondents said they will visit crowded destinations, while 15 percent said they will continue to stay close to home for the foreseeable future.
– Alexa St. John