Americans putting breaks on driving
July 30 , 2013
A new study shows that Americans have been driving less and relying on other ways to get around.
Michael Sivak, who conducted the study at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute said "this is an important change".
This is the first time that the U.S. has seen a drop like this. Driving in the nation peaked in 2004 and had been declining at a steady rate ever since. Moreover, the fact that number of miles driven began to decline four years before recession suggests the change in driving habits for reasons other than monetary.
Though recession was a contributing factor, other reasons such as telecommuting, increased use of public transportation, the urbanization boom as well as older people driving less have also played a role.
"The trends in these underlying factors suggest a major societal change with respect to personal transportation," Sivak said.