Survey Reveals Surge in Road Trips Not Limited to Holiday Weekends

05/22/2015

Autotrader experts share tips to find the perfect car for long journeys

ATLANTA, May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with sunshine, family fun and road trips – and this year will be no different, as more than 33 million Americans are expected to hit the road for a holiday getaway.1

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Memorial Day road trips are increasingly popular among Autotrader's visitors, too, with 25 percent saying they're more likely to drive this holiday weekend than in past years. But the data also shows that it's not just about special occasions – nearly 50 percent of people take at least one long car trip each month.

"It's no surprise that many Americans have become road warriors – especially the Millennial generation – but shoppers who take frequent road trips should address these specific travel needs during the car buying process," said Brian Moody, site editor for Autotrader. "We recommend everyone bring as much of their lifestyle to the test drive as possible."

With this in mind, Autotrader editors offer tips for those looking for their perfect road trip ride:

"While it may be unorthodox, it's not unheard of to ask the salesperson if you can take the car home for the night," Moody says. "If they oblige, load the car up with your road trip essentials: baby seats, sporting equipment – even make sure your luggage fits. Of course, we're not telling you to take it on a road trip before you buy it, but you may want to take a longer test drive to gauge the seat comfort and adjustability, airflow and ergonomics of the interior. Take note of any rattling, shaking or odd sounds when you hit high speeds."

In addition to checking the basics, Moody recommends considering key road-trip features such as adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated seats, lane-keep assist, navigation system, rear-seat entertainment system and tri-zone automatic climate control.

For more information on features to look for when searching for the perfect road trip ride, visit: http://www.autotrader.com/research/article/best-cars/239597/6-must-have-features-for-a-memorial-day-road-trip.jsp

For tips on riding in style this Memorial Day weekend, visit: http://www.autotrader.com/research/article/family-car/207928/road-trip-make-your-memorial-day-travel-memorable-with-these-5-tips.jsp

About Autotrader 
Created in 1997, Atlanta-based Autotrader is the Internet's ultimate automotive marketplace. As a leading resource for car shoppers and sellers, Autotrader aggregates millions of new, used and certified pre-owned cars from thousands of dealers and private sellers and provides expert articles and reviews. Autotrader, which also operates the AutoTraderClassics.com auto marketing brand, is wholly owned by Cox Automotive. Additionally, Cox Automotive owns Kelley Blue Book(KBB.com®), Manheim Auctions as well as companies that provide a full suite of software tools that help dealers and manufacturers manage their inventory and advertising online: vAuto®, HomeNet Automotive®, VinSolutions®, Xtime®, AIS Rebates™, Genius Labs® and Haystak® Digital Marketing. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. For more information, please visit http://press.autotrader.com.

1 Source: AAA, http://newsroom.aaa.com/2015/05/aaa-37-2-million-americans-kick-summer-memorial-day-getaway/

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SOURCE Autotrader

For further information: Kristin Ballard, Assoc. Public Relations Manager, 404-568-7953, kristin.ballard@autotrader.com

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