"Americans are driving less, and evidence suggests it's not about the economy."
In no year previous did Americans drive more miles than in 2004. It was peak driving since vehicle miles travelled has declined in almost every state since then. While researchers have a variety of explanations, they are not quite sure of the actual mechanisms at work.
Is our love affair with the car over?
For the past 8 years our personal experience has been following the same bumpy road and we have been driving less and less. Why?
- climate change
- price of gas
- we have been enjoying a more local lifestyle
- to save money on vehicle maintenance
- we don't want to support the fossil fuel industry
- we have been biking/walking/rolling instead of driving
Is the era of the private automobile racing all over the continent coming to a close? Are we learning to be more settled and content with where we are at?
How have your driving habits changed?