With all this talk about autonomous cars and how Millenials have zero interest in driving, you might think that the classic American road trip is on the decline. But you’d be wrong.
It turns out road trips are more popular than ever for Americans, according to The New York Times. Road trips accounted for just 22 percent of American vacations in 2015, but that figure jumped to 39 percent in 2016. The majority of road trippers are Baby Boomers, not surprisingly, but GenXers and Millenials account for a good portion as well.
The most popular reason for taking a road trip over flying to a vacation destination is practicality. Driving allows vacationers to bring more with them on their trip and gives them the flexibility to stop where and when they please. It also allows them to avoid airport security lines and baggage claim, and means they can bring their pet along with them too. It’s much less expensive than flying as well – especially for families.
An analyst that spoke to the NYT said he believes the popularity of road trips in America “can’t just keep skyrocketing,” but will stay where it is for 2018 at the very least. So while the auto industry works to deliver us EVs with limited range and geofenced autonomous vehicles, the American public will be out driving themselves to their vacation spots and enjoying doing so.
[Source: The New York Times]