If you took a road trip for Labor Day weekend - or anytime this past summer - you are not alone. And if you have a road trip planned for the holidays, you’re not alone either.
According to a new Chevrolet and Harris Poll study, there is a resurgence in road trips this year due to COVID-19. Researchers say Americans want to get out and see the world after the challenges of quarantine and social distancing.
The poll surveyed over 1,000 Americans to discover exactly how they spent their time on the road over the past six months, and the effect it had. A majority of Americans said their vehicles became a much-needed escape from home, with many exploring outdoor destinations like beaches and hiking trails. Researchers found that 80 percent of Americans credited road trips as helping them cope during the pandemic.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they value road trips more than they did before the pandemic, and 80 percent of road trippers said going on a road trip has been “one of their happiest moments” since March.
Among road trippers:
Twenty percent visited a national park for the first time
More than 1 in 10 Americans went camping for the first time
Forty-one percent road tripped to somewhere they’ve never been before
The top outdoor road trip activities include beaches (41 percent), hiking (31 percent), fishing (29 percent) and going to national parks (27 percent)
In addition to exploring new places, roughly 4 in 10 road trippers say that they now have a greater appreciation for the outdoors (43 percent) and for domestic travel (38 percent). And 56 percent said the vehicle has become “part of the family.”
Of those planning to road trip through the end of the year, 41 percent plan to road trip over Thanksgiving or winter holidays.
“The open roads are a welcome change, and for decades, many Americans have embraced the outdoors with the Tahoe and Suburban as the ultimate road trip vehicles,” said Bob Krapes, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director. “This desire to pack up family and cargo and get out is part of these iconic SUVs’ DNA. The all-new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban have been completely redesigned to offer more space, comfort and technology to make road trips enjoyable and memorable.”
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban
Three things on the wish lists of surveyed road trippers: more cargo space, rear-seat entertainment systems and safety features. Chevy says the new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban deliver on all fronts.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71. Credit: Chevrolet.
Cargo Space: According to the survey, 53 percent of Americans said more cargo room would make their road trip experience better. Chevy says the new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban each offer best-in-class cargo volume: up to 122.9 cubic feet for Tahoe and up to 144.7 cubic feet for Suburban.
Rear-Seat Media System: One in 3 of those surveyed said a rear-seat media system would make their road trip experience more enjoyable. Both Tahoe and Suburban offer an available Rear-Seat Media System that includes a pair of 12.6-inch diagonal LCD HD touch screens for rear passengers capable of displaying content, sharing from one screen to another or “sending” suggested locations to the front-seat passengers.
Safety Features: More than half of those surveyed cited safety features’ importance to an enjoyable road trip. Available safety features on the Tahoe and Suburban include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Park Assist and Front Pedestrian Braking. An available class-leading 15-inch diagonal multi-color Head-Up Display is available as well as a class-leading nine camera view system, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert.
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