Dodge Holiday Travel Tips

In a national survey conducted by the Dodge Brand along with their launch of the Dodge Grand Caravan, it was found out that 77 percent of Americans plan to drive for their next family getaway. The survey supported by Dodge aimed to provide information on how Americans travel and help them enjoy every minute of their family trip.

Comfort, convenience and fun are the most important things to be considered during family road trips, so travel expert Susan Foster with Dodge offers these trouble-free tips so that your family vacation drive is a quality family time.

— Taking it on the Road. According to the survey, 77 percent of Americans say they plan to drive for their next family vacation, compared to 8 percent who plan to fly.

Part of the appeal of driving is the extra luggage and gear you can bring on your trip. Many of today’s vehicles, such as the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, have innovative storage areas that give travelers more packing flexibility than ever before. When packing the vehicle, gather everything in one area and edit to fit. Soft sided bags often squish in more easily than rigid rectangular suitcases.

— Pack it Up. One in four Americans (25%) have experienced stress on a family road trip related to packing the car.

Eliminate packing stress by working in advance of the trip to prep your vehicle.

Decide where things should go based on when they are needed – last in, first out. Use storage bins inside the vehicle to pack the clothes you’re going to travel home in, but don’t include items you need access to first while driving, such as the kids’ stuffed animals they may want on the drive or the book you want to start.

— Stressed to the Max. However fun a road trip may be, nearly six in 10 (59%) Americans have experienced stress before or during an extended family car trip. The most common stress inducers are boredom or lack of entertainment (30%).

Minimize the “Are we there yet?” question. The best way to combat boredom is having a combination of activities at your fingertips. Entertainment features such as DVD players, satellite radio and SIRIUS Backseat TV(TM) have changed the modern American road trip. Classic family games also are great ways to supplement – playing cards or travel board games, looking for license plates from different states, telling jokes or counting cars of a specific color.

— Control Craze. One in three Americans (33%) say that his/her reason to drive rather than fly this holiday season is to maintain control of the trip, including to have the ability to decide when to stop or to go sightseeing. When on the road, three-quarters of Americans (75%) say they enjoy being able to see different parts of the country.

Enjoying the journey — not just the destination — is a definite advantage of car travel. Choosing a vehicle that has a navigation system is an easy way to chart your itinerary, including stops at places of interest, instead of just rest stops. History and geography become real when kids see the country for themselves. Choosing a different route for the return home keeps interest for the entire trip.

“Today’s families are on the move, and the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan is purpose-built to serve their everyday needs,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President — Jeep(R)/Truck, Advance Interior and Component Design, Chrysler.

“With new features such as the Swivel ‘n Go(TM) seating system, dual DVD entertainment system and SIRIUS Backseat TV, the Grand Caravan brings the comforts of home on the road.”

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