Americans Driving Down Their Driving Miles
We may be witnessing a historic change in our driving habits.
Americans love their cars and love to drive their cars. With each American traveling on average less than 10,000 miles a year and the country as a whole nearly three trillion total vehicle miles traveled per year (VMT), we are hands down the champs at racking up the miles. But of late, something remarkable and, for many, unexpected has been happening. It’s not so much that our automobile love affair has ended, rather that maybe, just maybe, it’s not quite as hot and heavy as it has been. (See related story: “U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: Four Theories About Why.”)
And what is the evidence for this cooling of the