Where do you stop on road trips?

According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, while one-third of respondents (33 percent) said they prefer to stop at a rest area when they’re on the road, a majority (61 percent) said they’d rather take a break at restaurants, gas stations or coffee shops. 10 percent say they never stop at a rest stop because they worry they’re unclean or unsafe.

What about you? Where do you stop when on a road trip?

Young couple on road trip

When you’re traveling long distance by car, either for work or pleasure, were do you prefer to stop if you need a break? (Based on those who ever travel long distance by car.)

Total OR
33 35 Rest stop
24 26 Restaurant
23 21 Gas station
14 11 Coffee shop
2 3 Along the side of the road
1 1 Other
3 3 Don’t know

Do you ever stop at rest stops? (Based on those who ever travel long distances by car.)

Total OR
89 89 Yes (unaided or aided)
10 10 No
1 1 Don’t know

Compared to other places you could stop, why do you decide to stop at rest stops?

Total OR
79 78 They have restroom facilities
52 51 They’re conveniently located
30 26 They’re a safe place to stop
29 30 They have areas where kids and pets can run around
17 17 They have vending machines where I can get beverages and snacks
16 15 They’re clean
15 12 They have free coffee
3 4 Other

Why don’t you ever stop at rest stops? (Based on those who never stop.)

Total OR
48 42 I’d rather stop somewhere I can get something to eat or drink
36 40 I don’t think they’re very clean
33 31 I worry about my safety
16 9 They usually aren’t conveniently located
9 6 I don’t really like interacting with the people there
7 9 They’re too crowded
5 6 There are too many truckers

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.