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Are You Driving Less in 2011?

Posted September 02, 2011 9:00 AM by CarDomain

With the cost of gas holding steady and the economy seemingly headed south, Americans logged 15.5 billion fewer miles this year than they did during the first half of 2010. So says a new report by the NHTSA, which also found that roadway use is at its lowest point since 2004, and driving is down 1.1 per cent across the nation. Is this good news?

It may seem a little minuscule in the grand scheme of things, but any reduction in traffic seems good, and at least it's not going up as our population continues to climb. Another possible perk, as Detroit News speculates: "As Americans drive less, they may be more likely to hold onto older vehicles."

How about you, are you keeping your cars off the road a little more, or has there been no change in your driving habits?

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09/02/2011 9:13 AM

Yep. Business mileage looks like being lower than 1200 this year.

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09/02/2011 12:11 PM

"With...the economy seemingly headed south...' the writer includes a picture of Miami.

What a comedian. She should be writing for Johnny Carson.

/Yes, Johnny Carson is still dead.

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09/03/2011 12:26 AM

I have only insured my car for one month this year, and took it out five times to do most of my year's errands. I went decades with no car at all. If you find your house, job, and friends by bicycle, they will always be easily accessible, and you'll be healthier.

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09/03/2011 12:56 AM

In May 2010 I sunk almost $1000 into a fixing my car and got no results. I left it at the repair facility for a month for them to diagnose and fix it and took the bus.

They were unable to correct the problem, but in one month I got accustomed to using public transportation. I doubt I've driven 1000 miles since. I don't miss my car (well, maybe a LITTLE on very wet or cold days) and since I must now walk a mile to and from the closest bus stop, I am healthier.

I should have done this years ago. Maybe I'd still be driving my (low milege) 1973 TR6!

I go everywhere, I'm out somewhere almost every day and night. Yes, it takes a little more planning, but I can read or sleep --- both of which present problems while I'm driving!

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09/03/2011 2:53 AM

Why drive if you have the internet? Why drive to work and then sit there by the computer doing your job, when you can do it from your armchair at your home? Think how much the world would save in energy and pollutants (CO2 being the least of our problems!!!) by working at home? You'd have one or two hours more for yourself or your family, you would have less traffic accidents, less car repairs, and if you like you can still drive a Formula 1 on your PC, instead of driving your real car 2.7mph through the town! I know it's only a dream, but just think of it for a moment.

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09/03/2011 8:00 AM

business is growing, mileage is up

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09/03/2011 10:12 AM

Myself I am pouring on the added mileage this year! nearly 15,000 more miles since Jan 1 until now than in previous years!

So does that mean that it will take about 20 - 25 more people driving a 1000 miles a year less to offset what I am adding to the equation?

Actually if you add in all the other "environmentally unfriendly" stuff I do I suspect it may take a few hundred or more people driving a 1000 miles less a year to balance me out.

I am for the concept of a warmer planet by all theoretical means possible.

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09/06/2011 9:16 AM

Yes, I'm driving less than I used to. In this case, 'Used to" refers to several years ago. I started decreasing my driving when gas went over $2 per gallon. As for holding on to a vehicle longer, my ride is a 1977 Chevy Impala. Is that long enough for you?

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09/06/2011 3:10 PM

A fine demolition derby car that is.

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