If you’re among the millions of Americans preparing for a Thanksgiving weekend road trip, you can probably relate to a new survey about what parents love and dread about road trips. The survey asked 1,063 U.S. parents of kids under 18 about the state of of the American family road trip. How do American families prefer to travel? What do they love about road trips, and what stresses them out? Here are some of the things you can commiserate on, and some tips to make your next family road trip less stressful.
The vast majority of American parents say that they like or love taking family road trips, and so do the kids. Road trips provide a combination of fond nostalgia, good new memories, and fun exploration for the family. Spending time with the family and stopping to explore cool new places are the top two favorite aspects for parents. People also tend to enjoy the opportunity to unplug from daily life and enjoy the open road. Of course, the perfect road trip snacks are also very important!
The survey also indicates that entertaining the kids is not a huge source of parental stress on these road trips. In fact, the most stressful part of a family trip is traffic and unexpected delays. Many parents also say that Wifi and internet connectivity in their cars is at the top of their road trip wishlist. Almost a third of parents who don’t have on-board Wifi say that they’d be more likely to take longer family road trips if they had it, too. Parents typically bring an average of 6.6 mobile devices on family road trips, so being able to connect them on the go is a huge advantage!
Safe Travels and Happy Holidays!
This holiday season, be prepared for more traffic on the roads and the potential for bad weather. Most American parents say that they prefer to drive an SUV on their road trips, and 42% prefer a large three-row SUV. New SUVs and crossovers are especially appealing, since many offer all-weather capability on top of modern entertainment and safety technology. Lots of modern family SUVs come decked out with Wifi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and safety assist features like collision alert, automatic braking, blind spot alerts, and adaptive cruise control to take away some of the stress you get from traffic. Be sure to allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and pack plenty of snacks! We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season this year!
Source: Harris Poll on behalf of Chevrolet
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