Have you hit the road since the pandemic started? The challenges of social distancing helped to spur a resurgence in the American road trip. A new survey from Chevrolet and The Harris Poll shows that 80% of Americans say road trips helped improved their sanity over the past six months. 

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Labor Day is one of the nation’s busiest travel weekends. In advance of the holiday, Chevrolet worked with The Harris Poll to survey over 1,00 Americans to discover how they have spent their time on the road since the pandemic started and the effect it has had on their mental health. 

“The open roads are a welcome change, and for decades, many Americans have embraced the outdoors with the Tahoe and Suburban as the ultimate road trip vehicles,” said Bob Krapes, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director. “This desire to pack up family and cargo and get out is part of these iconic SUVs’ DNA. The all-new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban have been completely redesigned to offer more space, comfort and technology to make road trips enjoyable and memorable.”

A majority of those surveyed said that their car allowed them to get out of the house safely for a much needed change of scenery with many venturing out to explore outdoor destinations such as beaches and hiking trails. 20 percent visited a national park for the first time and 1 in 10 Americans went camping for the first time. 

80 percent said that going on a road trip has been “one of their happiest moments” since March. Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they value road trips more than they did before the pandemic. 

It is predicted that road trips will continue to surge. Of those planning to road trip through the end of the year, 41% plan to travel by car over Thanksgiving or the winter holidays.

For recommendations on road trip safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the CDC website.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Diego Jimenez on Unsplash

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