Survey: Americans plan to drive this Thanksgiving

71% said they plan on spending less this Thanksgiving

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many people told 22News they plan on driving to get to their Thanksgiving gatherings.

With Thanksgiving only 9 days away, some people in Franklin County are already making travel plans. A new GasBuddy survey says that 92% of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving plan on driving.

Joe Pagano of Cummington said he understands why some people prefer getting behind the wheel as opposed to flying to their destinations. “Well, I just think that people are really trying to stay close to home and don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of airports and the security.”

The survey also found that Americans don’t want to spend that much money. Of the more than 81-thousand people polled, 71% said they plan on spending less this Thanksgiving, which is why about 67% of people polled said they plan on driving less than 500 miles round trip.

The survey also found that most people plan to start their travels on or the day before Thanksgiving. Local residents told 22News that lower gas prices couldn’t have come at a better time, allowing them to get to their Thanksgiving gatherings without breaking the bank.

GasBuddy Thanksgiving Survey: Key Findings

When do we go? 36% say their Thanksgiving travel begins on Thanksgiving Day. 30% said it starts the day before; 18% say they’re hitting the road 2 to 3 days before.

What about the return trip home? 25% say they’ll fight the tryptophan malaise and drive home later on Thanksgiving Day; but the majority, 42% say they’ll wait 2 to 3 days and drive home Saturday or Sunday. 22% of us expect to hit the road with a fresh start the next morning.

How well prepared are we? 95% of respondents have a smart phone. 52% say they use 2 to 3 travel apps for their Thanksgiving travels; 34% will actively use 4 or more apps.

How much are we saving? Economists say most of us have saved at least $500 since June. Among consumers who use the GasBuddy app, 43% say they save from 6 to 9 cents per gal. on every purchase; 26% say they save from 10 to 14  ents; and 10% say they save from 15 to 30 cents per gal. From Thanksgiving through the following Sunday, motorists collectively will save over $650 million on gasoline versus what they spent last Thanksgiving- or over $160 million a day.

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