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Harris Poll: 71 Percent of America is Road Tripping this Summer

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | June 25, 2015

Harris Poll: 71 Percent of America is Road Tripping this Summer

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The Harris Poll folks just came out with a poll that shows that if you hate traffic when you travel, this summer may not be the time for you to go. 

According to their data (2,215 U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, surveyed online from April 15-20, 2015) 71 percent of Americans will be traveling via road trip at some point this summer.

On average, they will be traveling 1,300 miles round trip with millennials being the demographic with the highest numbers expected to make at least one road trip this summer (79 percent vs. 64 percent Gen Xers, 68 percent Baby Boomers, and 68 percent Matures). Also, families with children are 82 percent likely to road trip versus the only 66 percent of those with childless homes.

Safety tidbits to come out of this survey:

- We as a people have the most confidence in blind spot monitor systems with 86 percent of survey participants saying that they feel safer if their vehicle has the feature.  Lane departure warning systems earned 83 percent of the vote for feelings of safety if their vehicle was equipped.

- Adaptive cruise control, which adjusts the set speed to keep safe distances from the car in front of you, won a 77 perceived positive safety rating in comparison to 62 percent for traditional cruise control.

- More than 50 percent of those surveyed thought that their road trip would be more enjoyable with mobile Wi-Fi hotspots or entertainment systems that could connect to smart phones.  Only roughly 40 percent of people feel that these systems would provide a feeling of safety and around 21 percent of people said it would make them feel less safe.

So get ready America – here comes more traffic on the road for your summer road trip.  You would think with all of this driving, the airfares would be coming down. Here’s to hoping.

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