What people really carry in their roof boxes
Did you ever ask why you can see increasing numbers of large, gray, boxes fixed to car roofs? This post is about what people really carry in their roof boxes. Roof poles can be a useful tool for packing in all the holiday ‘essentials’
More and more luggage when travelling by car
As a tendency towards smaller cars leaves them short on space motorists are turning to the roof box, new research indicates.
Boxes rose by more than 13 per cent according to Halfords, which launched a survey.
It says that one reason is that motorists are being tempted by more expensive boxes in the belief that they will be of higher quality and last longer. However, the survey found that drivers are carrying more possessions than ever – and acquiring a roof box is the simplest way to fulfill this lifestyle.
A 3,200 people study on the content of roof top boxes
People revealed that the average driver on a “escape” break now carries around an additional 140 kilos (300lbs, or roughly equal to 2 people or 15 large full suitcases) in their boot, on the roof rack or at the roof box, in contrast to 2006. Six out of ten admitted packing more than they did five decades ago and 71 per cent of those surveyed blamed “mum” for taking the most. Just eight percent said dads were to blame for the additional weight being carted around in family cars.
It was the large and special items
More unusual items that motorists admitted to stashing on top of the cars included a
flagpole, a portable solar panel… and a portable toilet. According to the research, drivers are gravitating towards smaller cars for supplying space on the 22, and roof boxes are viewed as vital.
For those interested in what other delights are hidden inside the growing amount of roof
boxes, this is what families said when they were asked by Halfords what they deemed most essential for holiday travel, with the responses suggesting a strong trend towards camping:
Men’s luggage priority list
- 1. Alcohol
- 2. Food
- 3. Rubber mallet
- 4. Foot pump
- 5. Fire Extinguisher
Women’s luggage priority list
- 1. Hair-dryer
- 2. Hair straighteners
- 4. Mirror
- 5. Portable lights
Children’s luggage priority list
- 1. Computer games
- 2. iPod/phone
- 3. DVD player
- 4. Clothes
- 5. Bike