OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 24: Traffic backs up at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza on August 24, 2022 in Oakland, California. California is set to implement a plan to prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered cars in the state by 2035 in an effort to fight climate change by transitioning to electric vehicles. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away!
Many people, including myself take the long weekend, and the unofficial kick-off of Summer, as an excuse to travel, and this year that seems to be the case for more Americans.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) is expecting a 7% rise in travel volume over this year’s holiday weekend compared to last year’s. They’re expecting around 43.2 million Americans to travel 50 miles of more during Memorial Day Weekend; that’s 2.7 million more than last year at that time.
Why are so many people traveling this year?
In my opinion, it seems like this is the first year that the coronavirus isn’t a concern. People have felt more reserved about traveling for the past few years because of the global pandemic, and now that Coronavirus is no longer a global pandemic, people are more than ready to get out and enjoy traveling again.
I used to always take trips to the beach on Memorial Day weekend. Now, I spend them at the lake with my fiancé, and his family. Either way, we always anticipated an elevated amount of traffic on the long weekend. We always try our best to avoid the busiest travel times for this reason.
So if you’re planning to travel by car over Memorial Day Weekend, plan accordingly, or be prepared to hit a bit of traffic.
CLICK HERE To see the busiest travel times to avoid over Memorial Day Weekend.
5 New Car Features People Struggle With The Most
Nowadays, it seems like car manufactures and designers are putting more and more features in new cars. Sometimes, it’s to make the car sleeker in appearance or give the car or give the driver more benefits with their vehicle. Many drivers can become intimidated or overwhelmed by the technology of cars. From cruise control and assisted parking to Bluetooth connection and more.
In a poll by SWNSDigital.com, they found the top new car features people struggle with the most. They gathered their data by polling 500 car owners with vehicles less than two years old. The results showed 20 pieces of technology in a car that “baffle modern car owners.”
According to the poll, 68 percent of the “struggle to get to grips with everything.” While 40 percent don’t believe they’re using their car to its full potential. Also found in the research, is that it took about six months for 55 percent to discover their car came with certain features.
Dr Martha Newson, cognitive psychologist who facilitated the consumer study said they proved that over half of drivers are missing out on the full experience of their vehicle. “With any car purchase being one of life’s bigger spends, drivers should take more time understanding the tech available at their fingertips, so they don’t miss out on safer, more comfortable and more pleasurable experiences, every time they get in the car,” said Newson.
The feature that most people feel that they aren’t using happens to be cruise control. It’s been around for quite some time. Surprisingly, at the bottom of the list is blind-spot alert, massage seats, and 360-degree cameras. Some may find features like a heated steering wheel, remote engine start, and climate control easy.
You can view the full list here.
Here are 5 new car features people struggle with the most.