BETHESDA, Md., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even if gas prices hit $5 a gallon, travel by vehicle costs less, is more convenient and is not as stressful as flying, according to the Car Care Council. A family of four traveling by car costs the same as one person traveling by air.
"Rising ticket prices, fewer daily flights, fuller planes, limited baggage, fewer non-stops and longer layovers between connecting flights doesn't paint a pretty picture of flying," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "However, even with gas prices considerably higher than last year, the cost of driving is a much better deal compared with going by air."
Based on a family of four traveling 1,000 miles round-trip, the council compared the cost of flying vs. driving.
By air: A family of four traveling by air will spend an average of $1,508 for tickets, based on 2010 third quarter statistics from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Add to this cost checked baggage fees, transportation to and from the airport and/or parking.
By vehicle: If gasoline prices were $5 a gallon, the cost for a family of four traveling by SUV would be about $350. This number includes the cost of gasoline plus tire wear and maintenance based on the American Automobile Association's (AAA) vehicle operating costs.
In addition to the obvious direct cost savings, going by car offers a number of advantages over flying including:
- Leave when you want from where you want.
- No airport parking.
- No waiting in long ticket counter and security lines.
- No weather delays.
- Pack whatever and as much as you want.
- Stop and stretch any time.
- More and better meal options.
- No rental car or taxi expenses.
- More legroom and overall comfort.
- No strangers sitting next to you.
- Convenience and ease of taking your pet with you.
- Better able to enjoy the ride.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit www.carcare.org.
SOURCE Car Care Council