Hertz Joins Forces With Expert To Crack The Code For The Perfect Road Trip

  Hertz Joins Forces With Expert To Crack The Code For The Perfect Road Trip

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, July 15, 2014

- 63% of UK population say they choose road trips to enjoy a sense of freedom
and adventure *

- Scientific formula helps bring out the fun and adventurous side of your

LONDON, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the eagerly awaited holidays just
around the corner, Hertz, the world's leading general use car rental brand,
today reveals a scientific formula for the perfect summer road trip. Taking in
factors including the number of passengers, destination, and a car's level of
comfort, Dr David Holmes, Leading UK Psychologist and author, has devised the
equation to help travellers plan the most enjoyable drive.

Survey information used to develop the theory has revealed that 42% of the UK
population are more likely than ever to take a holiday by car this year
compared to previous years and nearly 46% would like to take to the road to
explore new places in the UK. The most popular reasons for taking a road trip
included: for a sense of freedom and adventure (63%), cheaper than other forms
of transport (46%), being able to pack whatever is desired (34%), and the
ability to be spontaneous while on route (28%). Of utmost importance is the
comfort of the vehicle, with nearly 80% ranking this as the most vital
car-related element of their trip.

Dr Holmes has used findings from the Hertz survey and his professional opinion
to devise the model formula to enhance the fun and adventure that a road trip
brings. The formula consists of a new experience or destination, involves
between two and four passengers of an equal gender mix, a comfortable car,
lasts four to six hours, and takes in three or four stops along the way.

According to Dr Holmes, drivers should ensure they have a mix of companions
who can take turns behind the wheel so that the whole group can embark on a
fun adventure full of discovery, contemplation, and comfort. He adds that
unsurprisingly, bright, cheerful weather conditions will also help lend to a
positive atmosphere within the car.

Hertz's scientific formula for the perfect road trip holiday:

Perfect Road Trip Holiday = (A+TD+C) x (F+P) -

(A) = Outgoing personality (TD) = Proportion of trusted drivers (C) =
Car-comfort factor (F) = Freedom factor (P) = New places to visit (G) = Gender
mix (N) = Number of travellers (W) = Weather (H) = Hours of travel

Dr Holmes said: "While this formula may not account for every eventuality, it
should provide the basic guidelines to send you on the road to the perfect
sunset. All work and no play will make us all dull boys and girls at any age.
Road trips can provide an adult version of the psychological boost that a
child gets by simply going out to play, and you may come back with new skills
and enduring memories that a package holiday could never provide. Being active
and making your own way will give you a psychological boost and you will be
happier during and after the holiday."

Michel Taride, Group President, Hertz International, said: "With the joy of
driving back in vogue our Fun Collection of characterful cars is the perfect
option for all adventurous types who seek great looks and comfort for their
set of wheels. People are choosing to spend more time in the car as part of
their holiday and we want to make that aspect even more fun. To provide a
holiday hire car that is a little sportier, quirkier, and out of the ordinary,
the Hertz Fun Collection includes a range of enjoyable, sparkly soft tops such
as the Fiat 500 Cabrio or Citroen DS3 Cabrio; zippy, eye-catching models such
as the Smart for Two Cab and VW Beetle; or for longer distances, the super
stylish, but no less playful, Audi Q3 and Nissan Juke."

The average UK resident is likely to travel 323 miles from home, on a journey
lasting 5.9 hours and including 2.3 stops along the way. While UK drivers
still enjoy the 'tried and tested' holiday destinations such as the seaside
(52%), countryside (38%) and theme parks (28%), visits to well-known cities
(25%) and places off the beaten path (22%) also proved of interest.

The survey also highlighted that the items more likely to be taken on a road
trip are snacks (69%), music (61%), sun cream (31%) and a picnic (31%).
Respondents admitted that the least likely items to pack include a travel
pillow (14%) and audio books (8%).

For further information on how the Hertz Fun Collection can put the fun back
into holiday driving visit www.hertz.co.uk

*Survey of 1,000 UK residents over the age of 18 conducted by Censuswide on
behalf of Hertz, June 2014

About Hertz Hertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar,
Thrifty and Firefly brands from approximately 11,555 corporate and licensee
locations in about 145 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America,
Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest
worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately
10,090 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 145 countries. Dollar
and Thrifty have approximately 1,400 corporate and franchise locations in
approximately 75 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand
in the U.S. and at 130 major airports in Europe.

Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLostĀ®,
Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the company's
Adrenaline, Dream, Family, Fun, Green and Prestige Collections also set Hertz
apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and
fleet management leader Donlen Corporation, operates the Hertz 24/7 hourly car
rental business and sells vehicles through its Rent2Buy program. The company
also owns a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz Equipment
Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services. More
information about the company can be found at www.abouthertz.com .

About Dr David A Holmes Dr Holmes is a leading UK Psychologist and familiar
face on TV programmes around the world from news and documentaries to chat
shows such as Richard and Judy. He is an author of a number of psychology
books. His most recent is Abnormal Clinical & Forensic Psychology.

Hertz Press Contact: Nicola HanleyKetchum T: +44 (0) 207 611 3597 E:

Ian SavageKetchum T: +44 (0) 207 611 3774 E: ian.savage@ketchum.com

Website: http://www.hertz.co.uk
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