NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Americans are ready to break free of the shackles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and driving will be a big part of that once individuals start coming up from the basement or out of the living room to see the sun again.
A new survey from Hankook Tire America Corp. shows that more than three out of four respondents miss driving, the tire manufacturer said, citing the results of its latest "Gauge Index" survey.
"One of the most significant findings from our latest Gauge survey was that the majority of Americans actually miss driving as a result of the pandemic," Brooklyn Emery, brand communications manager for Hankook, said.
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"We expected that people would be driving less as a result of the stay-at-home orders, but to see just how much they miss it really speaks to the sense of freedom that driving provides."
The survey also shows three out of five wanting to take more road trips once they are able.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted priorities in various aspects of our lives, and the latest findings from our Gauge Index shows that Americans truly enjoy driving," Peter Jung, senior vice president and chief operating officer, said.
"The data reveals Americans have a renewed appreciation for road trips, car rides and time spent with loved ones," he continued.
A survey of 1,094 randomly selected drivers took place April 22-23 as part of the Hankook Tire Gauge Index.
Results reveal 88% of respondents canceled or postponed plans and 47% canceled vacations. Only 43% expect to take a vacation this summer, but 62% are looking forward to an upcoming trip, the survey shows.
While travel has been severely impacted by the coronavirus, 57% indicated they will take to the road when they do plan their next vacation.
People are far more comfortable using cars than planes for travel due to the virus — 62% versus 11%.
"And it's likely that sentiment will continue for some time," the company said.
Just who will be in the car once people feel more comfortable hitting the open roads once again?