Does the idea of sitting in the car for hours with your kids yelling out, “Are we there yet?” sound more like a form of torture than a vacation? In the 1950s families actually chose to go on roadtrips in order to spend some quality time together.

The 1950s was truly the golden age of road tripping. In 1950 the United States produced over eight million cars; that’s more than 75% of the total amount of cars produced that year worldwide. The development of the Interstate highway system in 1956 also made travel easier and faster. Twenty-five billion dollars were budgeted for the project, and 41,000 miles of interstate highways were planned. The golden age came to a standstill as post-WWII prosperity came to an end. As more and more women took to the workforce, it also made it more difficult for families to take long road trips.

From the 50s to the present, the way Americans travel is constantly changing. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 made a huge impact on how we choose to travel. In 2002 around 1,600 additional traffic deaths were reported than experts had anticipated, because people were shying away from air travel. Now, as plane tickets are becoming more and more expensive, and airlines are starting to charge for peanuts, it may be time to start rethinking road tripping.

As the saying goes, “Everything comes back in style.” Try planning a road trip for your next vacation. Load up on snacks, lay out some ground rules for the kids, and check to see if your insurance carrier requires you to purchase additional coverage for road trips.

To learn more about the great American pastime, check out this infographic from Don’t forget to check out their insurance tips before you start planning your trip.

Road trips: 60 years of road tripping in America [Infographic]
From: Bankrate Insurance’s


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