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May 29, 2021 – IRVINE, Calif. / PRNewswire / – Americans are ready to head out. As the number of pandemics has decreased and the number of vaccines has increased, the backlog of travel is undeniable, having spent most of last year at home. For many, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend will be the prelude to the long-awaited and much-needed summer vacation. To help travelers get the most out of their travels, the Kelley Blue Book experts offer 5 summer road trip safety tips along with their recommendations for the 10 best road trip cars of 2021.
Recent data shows that 41% of Americans say they have summer travel plans, up from 24% a year ago.
As summer approaches, road triping is on the rise. Recent data shows that 41% of Americans say they have summer travel plans, up from 24% a year ago. This year, travelers will travel further away, 64% will travel more than 100 miles from home, which is also a significant increase over the previous year. And road trips remain the most popular choice, with most vacationers (65%) planning to get there by car.1 The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates 34 million people will take to the streets on Memorial Day weekend this year, compared with the previous year 23 million (the lowest since 2000).
Before you hit the road, the experts at Kelley Blue Book and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend the following: 5 safety tips for road trips in the summer:
- Inspect and wait – Regular vehicle maintenance is a must. Do a basic check of your vehicle’s tire pressures, wiper blades, fluid levels, lights, and air conditioning. Do not postpone regularly scheduled maintenance such as oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations. Care goes a long way towards avoiding failures. To make sure your vehicle is ready to drive, schedule a preventive maintenance check with your mechanic.
- Be prepared for road trip contingency plans – Be prepared for all eventualities, because even a well-maintained vehicle can break down. Prepare a roadside emergency kit and don’t forget to bring an extra portable cell phone charger so you can plug your phone in even when the car is not working.
- Make children’s safety a top concern – Buckle up, on every trip, every time. All vehicle occupants must buckle up and you can lead by example by always wearing your seat belt. Children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat. Be aware of the risks involved in warm weather; Children can experience heat stroke if left unattended in a parked car.
- Divide the road – Good weather attracts many types of road users, including motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. These road users are more vulnerable because they are not protected by a vehicle. Leave more distance between you and a motorcycle (at least 3-4 seconds) as motorcycles can stop at much shorter intervals than cars and trucks. Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or entering traffic so that road users can anticipate your movement and find a safe lane position.
- Before the road trip: check for callbacks – Whatever the season, use the Kelley Blue Book VIN recall check tool to ensure your vehicle has no pending recalls. If it does, have it fixed for free ASAP.
“Road trips are the best way to tackle the cabin fever we all feel from being home for so long during the pandemic,” said Matt DeLorenzo, Senior Editor-in-Chief of Kelley Blue Book. “People are tired of staring at the same four walls – they are ready to come out and enjoy a new landscape. Now that vaccine rollout is in full swing, Americans will be taking to the streets in droves this summer. There’s nothing like a great American road trip and a little planning can go a long way in ensuring that your trips are stress-free, safe, and fun. It’s finally time to get out, so bring your hand sanitizer and enjoy your trip. “
With the increasing summer travel just around the corner, the editors of Kelley Blue Book recently made their recommendations for the 10 best road trip cars of 2021:
Kelley Blue Books 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2021
1. 2021 Toyota Siena
With its 36-mpg rating, the redesigned Toyota Sienna minivan is a frugal way to take the whole family on a ride. The Sienna only comes as a hybrid, making it the most economical van on the road. It also has a spacious interior with tons of features, including driver assistance technology as standard, that help make car journeys even more relaxing.
2. 2021 Kia Telluride
Every version of the Kia Telluride feels like premium travel thanks to the upscale styling and fantastic interior of this three-row SUV. As if we needed another reason to love the Telluride, it includes the security of a five-year 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
3rd 2021 Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey is a spacious, luxurious, and even a bit sporty minivan. From approx. $ 34,000, the Odyssey is good value for money even if you work your way up to the decadent elite trim, which features heated and cooled front seats, a rear seat entertainment system and an innovative intercom.
4. Subaru Outback 2021
The Subaru Outback – the Swiss Army Knife among vehicles – is better than ever and offers excellent driving comfort, good fuel consumption, a lot of clout and serious off-road or winter weather capability. Our new favorite is the Outback Wilderness next year, a more off-road oriented one with a lift kit, chunky tires and cool styling accents for way down $ 40,000.
5. 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
The first three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee has a longer wheelbase than the standard model. It offers a new high-tech interior with one of the best infotainment systems in the industry as well as the renowned off-road capabilities of Jeep. We expect plenty of Grand Cherokee L-models to be hauling families around this summer.
6.2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
For decades, the Corvette has destroyed the myth that sports cars can’t be practical. The latest model features a mid-engine configuration and delivers phenomenal handling, a remarkably comfortable ride, and an impressive 27 mpg highway rating.
7. 2021 Volvo V90
Clark Griswold may have cemented station wagons as a classic road-trip car, but the chic, smooth Volvo V90 is a far cry from the Family Truckster. This powerful station wagon comes standard with one of the most advanced suites of driver assistance technology you’ll find anywhere.
8. 2021 Ram 1500 TRX
If your version of the Great American Road Trip involves more than just a getaway on the freeway, the remarkably nifty beast of the new Ram 1500 TRX is a powerful and surprisingly comfortable vehicle for your outdoor adventures.
9. 2021 Hyundai Elantra
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a high-tech car that is great for a road trip. The daringly stylish new Hyundai Elantra packs a lot of wow factor in an economical, sophisticated package that is well equipped for all-round $ 25,000.
10. 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
For more than 30 years, the two-seater Miata has been bringing a smile to drivers’ faces. Sure, there are more practical options – but if you can pack lightly, the Miata offers more thrills per mile than any new car priced at around $ 30,000.
To learn more about 5 Road Trip Safety Tips for Summer from the Kelley Blue Book, visit https://www.kbb.com/car-news/5-road-trip-safety-tips/. To learn more about Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Road Trip Cars for 2021, including photos, pricing information, and more, visit https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/top-10-best-road-trip -cars /. To see the 10 best Kelley Blue Book features for your family road trip, visit https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/family-friendly-road-trip-features/.
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1 Cox Automotive COVID-19 Consumer Impact Study, May 2021
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