Ever felt the sudden urge to get in your car and just drive? You’re not alone as 64 percent of Americans agree they want to hop in the car with their friends one day and take a spontaneous road trip, according to new research.
The survey asked 2,000 Americans which regions of the United States they were most itching to travel through and where they would most like to stop on road trips.
The Southwest came out on top at 38 percent, beating out the Northeast (27 percent) and the South (26 percent) – by over 10 percent.
The Grand Canyon (44 percent), Yosemite National Park (32 percent) and Yellowstone National Park (32 percent) are the most sought after stops on a road trip – from a prequalified list of 30 destinations across the United States.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of SIXT, the survey also examined what makes the ideal road trip – from the company we keep to essentials we bring to what makes the ideal road trip car.
Classic family road trips are still in fashion – with four in 10 preferring to spend time with their family, but Americans have a strict three-day limit when it comes to these.
This may have to do with the potential of car-guments (car arguments) a family will have over that period of time – that’s an average of two a day.
From road trip essentials and routes to take – the average road trip takes at least two to four weeks to plan out and a further one in 10 are more particular, taking more than three months to plan a road trip
The top essential for Americans on the road isn’t water or even a first aid kit but rather snacks.
With the average American chowing down on at least four snacks during a five to six-hour trip – it comes as no surprise then that snacks topped the list of road trip essentials.
Half of the respondents chose pretzels or chips as their go-to road trip snack – with candy and chocolate closely behind, at 43 percent and 42 percent respectively.
Modern times seem to have taken a toll on classic road trip games, though, as three in 10 prefer to keep to themselves and play games on their phone or tablet.
A quarter of Americans do keep the nostalgia alive, however, opting to play I spy and the license plate game.
The appeal of a spontaneous road trip is very much alive – as 64 percent want to just get in the car and drive with their friends one day.
“Road trips offer the flexibility to create your own journey,” said Daniel Florence COO of Sixt. “Renting a car plays a central role in the overall experience. That’s why we give every customer the ‘orange carpet’ treatment, making sure their journey starts on the right foot.”
More than three in 10 Americans would actually prefer to take a longer route to enjoy the scenery, with 48 percent also opting for local or country roads rather than major highways.
Americans were also asked about their car preferences for both a one-day road trip and a week-long road trip.
Three-quarters of Americans would like to drive around in a convertible or sports car for a day trip, but when it comes to a week-long trip, Americans prefer an SUV or truck – at 62 percent.
“Taking a road trip means spending hours behind the wheel, so why not
get a car you absolutely love?” said Daniel Florence COO of Sixt. “We pride
ourselves in offering the highest share of premium, luxury and extraordinary
cars in the industry, giving people more options to find the perfect car that
makes a driving a little more exciting.”
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