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Are you planning to take a road trip with friends this year? Or perhaps you’re planning a few family vacations, complete with the family pets. Either way, you may have paid a few visits to your local GMC dealership to check out family friendly vehicles, dog friendly cars, and other comfortable vehicles that meet your car safety requirements.

During 2016’s Memorial Day weekend, AAA reported that an estimated 34 million people in the United States went on a road trip. These trips consisted of traveling 50 or more miles.

About 10% more American families are planning to vacation in 2017 than they did in 2016. When on vacation, about 35% are also planning to travel 50 miles or even further from home. In addition to bringing along at least 2 family members, some families may also be including their 4-legged friends as well, which definitely raises the need for dog friendly cars.

Do you include your children in car-buying discussions and decisions? A study released from The Family Room showed that 3 out of 5 parents involved their children in this discussion and decision. A 2016 CarGurus survey also showed that 45% of parents will usually talk about their day with their children while driving. When it’s time to buy a new car, chances are that this subject will arise as well.

If you’re a parent, what do you look for in a new vehicle? CarGurus’ 2016 survey showed that parents tend to select vehicles that address their family’s needs:

  • Transporting kids’ sports equipment: 45%
  • Carrying an infant stroller: 33%
  • Transporting pets: 31%
  • Traveling to a vacation home: 29%
  • Going on a family camping trip: 27%

Whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle for a road trip or family vacation, to commute to work or to transport your children and their friends to sports practice, you want something that’s safe and dependable. When you visit your local GMC dealership, you’ll be able to find out the benefits of each vehicle that you test drive. You may want to consider bringing the entire family, including your dog, to assist you with making the final decision on which vehicle to purchase.

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