SANTA MONICA, Calif. — August 12, 2014 — Whether it's the trip back to college, a last-minute Labor Day escape or an end-of-summer getaway, Americans find that August is a great time to hit the road. In a recent survey of 1,000 Americans by car shopping site Edmunds.com, 40 percent of drivers said that they definitely plan to take a road trip by Labor Day and another 34 percent are considering it.
In fact, the August survey found that 80 percent of drivers had road trips in mind when they shopped for their vehicle, with cargo space being the primary attractor (22 percent). The great American road trip is alive and well with many drivers planning to go the distance (500+ miles), snap selfies and pump their favorite tunes.
Some other takeaways include:
- We love that open road: More than 92 percent would be willing to drive up to 500 miles for a vacation; of this group, 49 percent would drive cross-country.
- But first, let's take a selfie: Thirty-four percent of road trippers will take anywhere from 1-10 selfies on their journey (not while driving).
- GPS is key: GPS, music and travel companions are must-haves for road trips (27 percent, 24 percent and 25 percent, respectively).
- Parents WILL turn that car around: Of the respondents with children, nearly half (45 percent) will threaten to turn the car around at least once on a road trip.
- Eyes on the road: Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they could last over an hour without checking their phones while on a road trip. Of course, no one should ever check their phones while driving.
- Classic rock trumps pop: When respondents were given the choice of road trip anthems, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" beat out modern day heavy hitters Katy Perry and Taylor Swift for the top spot.
"It's not surprising to us that more than 80 percent of respondents had road trips in mind when they were car shopping," said Edmunds.com CEO Avi Steinlauf. "Road trips are the ultimate test for any new vehicle; if the car can be reliable and comfortable while handling all the loading, unloading and hauling with adequate fuel efficiency, then it'll definitely make a great long term vehicle."
Edmunds.com has always been a fan of testing new cars' limits by taking the industry's most popular and buzzworthy cars on grueling road trips. For more road trip tips and tricks, or if you are in the market for the best road-tripping vehicle, check with the car shopping experts at Edmunds.com.
The Edmunds.com road trip survey was conducted within the United States by the Edmunds team among 1,000 adult car drivers.
About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is a car-shopping Web site driven to make car buying easy. Almost 18 million visitors use our shopping tools every month to connect with nearly 10,000 dealer franchises across the U.S. Shoppers can browse our inventory listings for available cars and trucks, and with Edmunds.com's Price PromiseSM, they can get an instant, upfront price on those same vehicles. Recently named the "Highest Ranked Third-Party Automotive Web Site" according to J.D. Power's 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation StudySM, Edmunds.com is also home to comprehensive car reviews, shopping tips, photos, videos and feature stories. Even when you're at the dealership, we're always by your side. Just call our free Live Help Line at 1-855-782-4711, text ED411 or use our acclaimed Edmunds.com iPhone and iPad apps or Edmunds.com Android App. Edmunds.com also founded Car Week, a special week-long event that connects more car shoppers with dealers. We're based in Santa Monica, Calif., but you can connect with us from anywhere by following @Edmunds on Twitter or by becoming a fan of Edmunds.com on Facebook.