As summer approached, the Roole Car Club wondered about the impact of inflation on fuel prices on holiday departures. According to a survey conducted by Ipsos, 73% of holidaymakers will prefer the car this summer.
The car remains the preferred means of transportation to leave this summer.
Holiday departures are approaching and fuel prices continue to rise. Faced with this problem, an Ipsos survey conducted in April for Roole shows that 73% of holidaymakers would prefer the car to leave this summer. Only 11% have decided to change means of transport and prefer other modes of transport, of which 9% have chosen destinations that are accessible without a car.
Yoann Demolicar sociologist, explains: “The study shows how much the car democratizes or even embodies access to vacation. Faced with the daily grin, the car still finds its letters of nobility today, just as it represented this formidable machine of freedom that led to the path of escape and leisure at the turn of the century.“
The car symbol on holiday
According to the survey, more than half of motorists choose the car for its functionality, 40% for comfort and 26% for speed. A majority of holidaymakers will choose their personal vehicle (65%). When they first arrive at their destination after a car ride (which remains a source of pleasure for 48% of motorists), 76% plan to continue to prefer their car, while 61% will add rides on foot and 19% will use the cycle. .
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But despite these figures, inflation is still making its mark. In fact, 55% of vacationers have planned to change their plans for this summer. First by taking less far (25%), but also by shortening their stay (19%). 15% even plan to reduce the number of scheduled visits. Young people (62% of 18-24 year olds) and holidaymakers with the lowest incomes (65%) are most likely to change their program.
“In the same way that the French are not accommodated in the same boat in the face of the increase in the cost of daily mobility, the latter experience the increase in prices differently in their holiday plans. Faced with changes to the plan, holidaymakers say they are more stressed and have less pleasure in preparing for their trip: The price increase will not necessarily make them give up the holiday, but it will make them more stressful where they will have to have fun. while cash“, Comments Yoann Demoli.
In fact, vacationers who change their plans are generally more stressed. 28% of them think packing is a source of stress compared to 24% of the others. The same phenomenon for the organization of the departure, which puts 24% of them in a state of stress against 19% of the others.
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Seniors more dependent on cars
The study also shows differences by age groups in the population. While 65% of 18-34 year olds go on holiday and drive a car, the percentage rises to 81% for those over 55 years of age. Public transport will be the solution for 34% of 18-24 year olds compared to 20% of over 55s. Young people often choose their means of transport for price reasons (32%) and 19% for ecological reasons. They have a greater ecological awareness than seniors, as evidenced by the means of transport used on arrival on holiday (22% of 18-24 year olds will choose an electric car compared to 8% of those over 55).
The sociologist explains that “cAmong young people, environmental issues are at the top of the list of concerns – even though ecological problems are increasingly mentioned by all age groups. Moreover, hedonism remains particularly strong among young people in spite of everything: the consumption of clothing and technological goods remains reasonably valued by these age groups, as well as the desire to travel. They value cosmopolitan tourism practices, linked to their daily leisure activities, as well as urban tourism, possibly without a car. Conversely, after growing up in an era where the car on the one hand was considered social progress and on the other hand high-speed transport was less developed (aircraft and TGV became common in the mid-1990s), they will over 55 prefer car travel.“