Road Trip: Advantages Of A Holiday Trip By Car

The holidays are approaching and you need to visit family and friends! What’s the best way to get there? Fly or drive? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.
By: Rent-A-Wreck of America
Dec. 15, 2008 - PRLog -- In today’s economy, cost is the biggest factor.  Regardless of what type of travel you choose, plan ahead to save money.  Airline tickets are more expensive if you book them close to your travel date.  Even though the cost of gasoline is going down, you can find less expensive gas along the way through websites.  Use a credit card for your expenses and you’ll earn travel bonuses, miles, points, or even cash back.  If you are driving, stop by the nearest state welcome centers and pick up a hotel coupon book.  You can save enough for extra spending money to treat your family to a nice dinner.

While flying will save you time and an opportunity to earn airline miles, a general rule of thumb is if you are traveling 600 miles or less, it is probably better to drive.  Despite the drop in fuel costs, airline ticket prices are still high.  There are fewer flights, longer layovers, fuller flights, security lines, and baggage surcharges.  Add to this cost is the transportation to and from the airport and parking!

What families value most is convenience and control. Going by car offers a number of advantages over flying.  You can leave on your schedule. Pack as much as you want.  Today’s vehicles have innovative storage areas that can carry your extra luggage and gear.  You can stop and stretch anytime.  Many families use a GPS navigation unit to chart the itinerary and find places of interest, instead of rest stops.  Visit a local park or other sightseeing spots.  Geography and history become real for kids when they can experience it.  You certainly have more and better meal options on the road.  

“Most important, I think Americans enjoy the time together,” says Bill Cash, President of Rent-A-Wreck.  “It’s a great way to spend time together and can help families bond; eating together, talking, playing games without the daily stresses, is always what makes road trips fun,” Cash adds.

This year, consider renting a car for your trip.  The advantages far outweigh using your own vehicle.  You will probably need a bigger vehicle to carry your family and all the luggage and presents. Eliminate wear & tear of your own vehicle.  You may get better gas mileage than your own car or truck. If an unforeseen incident occurs, most car rental companies offer roadside assistance.

If you look for savings, look at the offers from car rental companies. Today, Rent-A-Wreck franchise owners like the one in your town, rent new and used cars, vans and trucks. Used vehicles are typically two to four years old.  Rent-A-Wreck partners with an emergency road service company who is there for you 24 hours a day, every day, year round.

Happy driving and happy holidays!

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