Road trips have never gone out of favor, but road trips are more popular than ever now that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit. With restrictions on air travel and health concerns, more Americans are not only hitting the open road to get away from it all, but more Americans are also planning to road trip during the winter holidays.
According to a recent study from Chevrolet and The Harris Poll of 1,000 Americans, “Nearly 80 percent of Americans credited road trips as helping to keep their sanity during the pandemic.”
SUVs make a great choice for your road trip vehicle thanks to their ample cabin space to keep you and your passengers comfortable, expansive cargo space to secure your bags and gear, and a higher ground clearance for a smoother ride. The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban deliver all the amenities you need for an epic road trip, including best-in-class cargo volumes and an available Rear Seat Media System equipped with two 12.6-inch diagonal LCD HD touch screens. Your rear passengers can whittle away the hours on the road watching their favorite movies.
“This desire to pack up family and cargo and get out is part of these iconic SUVs’ DNA. The all-new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban have been completely redesigned to offer more space, comfort and technology to make road trips enjoyable and memorable,” said Bob Krapes, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director.
The most important consideration before taking any road trip is to ensure your
vehicle is properly maintained. Topping off vehicle fluids, checking the tread
of your tires, and getting an oil change will help you avoid any unforeseen
mishaps on your trip. Your friends in the Stingray Chevrolet Bartow service
department are glad to help you before departure.
Before you leave, make sure you talk to your family about what to do in an
emergency. Pack an emergency kit in your trunk, ensure your whole family knows
how to call for help, and confirm that cell phones are fully charged. If you
are bringing little ones, make sure they know not to talk to strangers.
While we Floridians are very lucky to not experience the worst of winter’s
weather, you’ll need to be prepared for snow and ice in case you’re traveling
north. Before your trip, review winter driving techniques and pack an ice
With these tips in mind, your family’s holiday road trip is
sure to be a safe and successful experience.
Time to get away? Not to worry; there are plenty of weekend
destinations near Bartow worth checking out. Whether you’re looking to spend
some time relaxing on the beach or playing a round on the links, there are
several great getaway options just within a short drive’s distance.
According to Trip Advisor, one of the best places to go in Central Florida is Orlando. While this Florida epicenter may not be ideal for those who want to escape the big city, Orlando is home to some iconic theme parks, water resorts, and more. Plus, with great food everywhere you go, you can turn your weekend into a sophisticated cuisine tour.
With a mix of many cultures, Tampa has become a truly
international city. Visit Tampa to see Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, the
Museum of Science & Industry, or the beautiful Tampa Bay. If you want to
make a weekend of it, you can pack it all in and really get your money’s worth.
Port Canaveral is great for those who love the shore, yet
this city is also home to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Museum. You can
stop by Rikki Tiki Tavern as well, and guided helicopter tours offer you a
perspective you just can’t find elsewhere.
Lakeland is perhaps lesser known than the other places we’ve
mentioned, but that doesn’t mean it has less to offer. Lakeland has 38 lakes in
the area, and nature lovers will enjoy the wildlife and scenery. You can see
eagles and wild pigs at Circle B Bar Reserve, or you can get some fishing in by
hiring a charter boat.