August 12th, 2014
As the summer is coming to a close, Labor Day is just around the corner, and many Americans are planning on hitting the road for one last vacation at the beginning of the school year. According to a survey by Edmunds.com, a car shopping site, 40 percent of drivers said they planned to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend, while another 34 percent said they were considering doing the same.
Taking to the highways to get to a destination is one of the most popular modes of travel for Americans. Indeed, 80 percent of car shoppers on Edmunds.com said they were thinking of road trips while they were looking for a new vehicle to purchase.
The changing face of the road trip
It's not surprising that so many drivers plan to use their vehicles for driving more than 500 miles in a single road trip. Of this group of drivers who were looking for a new vehicle, 22 percent said that cargo space was the primary attraction for their next ride. The survey also found some surprising facts that show that the American road trip is not only alive, but changing shape around new technology.
Of those planning to take a road trip, 49 percent planned to do so cross-country, while 92 percent were planning on going more than 500 miles. The practice of taking selfie photographs while along the road trip route was somewhat surprising, as 34 percent of drivers said they plan to take between one and 10 selfies on the way to their destination, though not while actually driving.
Labor Day road trip tips
If you're planning on hitting the road this Labor Day, here are a few tips to help you get to your destination safe and sound: