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Cars.com: 80% of Labor Day Travelers Opt to Drive 

Americans opt to drive this year due to frequent air travel disruptions and lower gas prices.

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With air travel woes continuing and gas prices falling, a Labor Day travel survey conducted by car-shopping marketplace Cars.com reveals Americans are hitting the road for their final summer vacation. The survey found that of the 64% of respondents who plan to travel for Labor Day weekend, 80% will drive to their destination1. Of those not planning to travel for the holiday, nearly a quarter cited high gas prices as the reason — significantly lower than the 42% of respondents who cited high gas prices as their reason for staying home over Fourth of July weekend2.

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“For many, driving is not only the most economical way to travel, but the most comfortable and convenient,” said Jenni Newman, Cars.com editor-in-chief. “While gas prices are still too high for some, we are seeing pain at the pump ease just in time for the holiday weekend. Travelers are also saving on gas by turning to electric and hybrid vehicles, with 36% of road-trippers using alternative fuel cars this Labor Day.”

Cars.com’s survey also found the following trends1 impacting 2022 Labor Day travel:

Carpooling to save on gas: Vacation carpooling continues to be a popular option, with 73% of travelers planning to drive with others and 47% attributing their carpool plans to a desire to save on fuel.

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Change of plans: Some 52% of travelers who typically prefer to fly are now going to drive due to high ticket prices and ongoing airline disruptions. Additionally, 30% of respondents planning to drive say they’ve changed their destinations and are now traveling farther.

A growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles on the road: Among the 36% of travelers planning to take a road trip over Labor Day weekend, 10% plan to take an EV and 26% planning to take a hybrid. This is up from the Fourth of July weekend, where 3% took an EV and 9% drove a hybrid.

Growing concerns as monkeypox cases spread: Sixty-four percent of survey respondents are at least somewhat concerned about contracting monkeypox while traveling this Labor Day weekend. Driving in a personal vehicle can reduce the number of people whom travelers come in contact with and provide some peace of mind while traveling.

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Family road trips: Forty-nine percent of Labor Day travelers plan to road-trip with kids, with 63% having one or two children in car seats. This month, Cars.com released its annual Car Seat Fit Report Card, a resource for families to understand how current vehicles on the market stack up when it comes to safe car seat installation.

To learn more about the recent Labor Day travel survey, great deals and other car-buying tips and tricks, visit Cars.com/News.

1Cars.com consumer survey, fielded Aug. 10-12, 2022; 1,932 responses

2Cars.com consumer survey, fielded June 14-17, 2022; 1,670 responses

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