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Americans Starting to Drive Less

Posted May 21, 2010 12:01 AM by CarDomain

Check out this graph published by The New York Times which charts the average miles driven per year vs. the average price of gasoline adjusted for inflation.

As the Times reports, "Until recently, Americans have driven more each year than the previous one, with a few brief exceptions. But the latest recession has caused some big changes."

Are you driving less these days?

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05/21/2010 11:57 PM

Big surprise - when people have less extra cash in their pocket (such as unemployed) they drive less! Wow, this journalist is really on to something! Maybe they get a nomination for the Pulitzer?

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05/22/2010 1:01 AM

As a contract designer, I often satisfy my contractual obligations without leaving the comfort of my own home.

Many in the job market are contractors rather than salaried employees and work out of their homes such as I do.

I am not in a position to dispute the conclusions and do agree with what appears to be a trend in driving habits. However, the statistics of those who have elected to leave the car at home and take public transportation show a dramatic increase. A jump in the price of tolls was followed by a sudden jump in the number of riders on trains and buses.

There is more to this than meets the eye.

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