VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Two-thirds of British Columbians plan on hitting the road this summer, according to a recent BCAA survey conducted by Insights West.
COVID-19 is the main reason for the comeback of the road trip, with 84 per cent saying they are “heading out in search of a bit of normalcy in their lives.”
While nearly half of respondents say this is because of restrictions on travel further afield, 75 per cent claim they are taking extra care with planning. This includes thorough trip organizing, vehicle maintenance, packing, and route planning.
“This is not the summer to jump in the car with a pair of flip flops and half a tank of gas and let the road take you where it may,” says BCAA Automotive Manager Josh Smythe.
British Columbians appear to be taking things seriously, with 83 per cent saying they won’t go anywhere without checking their destination is welcoming visitors.
This comes as many mayors throughout the province are encouraging tourism but urging respectful caution.
“We want to plan everything from the get-go to the get-back,” adds Smythe.
He says most people are planning to get their vehicle serviced before leaving, but also encourages inspecting spare tires and equiping vehicles with an emergency kit.
BCAA also advises travellers to plan destinations, book accommodations in advance, and bring as many food and drink items as possible to minimize stopping.
“I used to love my road trips because you’d stop at random gas stations and eat road trip food,” says Smythe. “This is not that time.”
“Plan, plan, plan. I can’t emphasize enough to make sure you know your path.”
-With files from Monika Gul and Amanda Wawryk