USA Today reports that Americans are driving less today than they were one year ago. According to a new study by the Department of Transportation, travel on U.S. roads has declined by around 1.3 percent through the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2010. That equates to around 26 billion vehicle miles, or the lowest figure since 2003.

The report also indicates that travel varied by area somewhat. The Northeast, for example, curtailed its travel by 2.2 percent in August compared to the same month in 2010, while drivers in the West cut back by just 1.2 percent.

There's no clear indication as to the reason behind the decline, though as USA Today points out, higher fuel prices likely played a part. A gallon of regular gasoline cost driver $3.68 in August; up a full dollar from the same period last year.


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      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well no ****. F*** you oil companies and the government. We going backwards instead of looking forward with humbleness and common sense.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could it have to do with people not having jobs to drive to?
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Something like that.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Well, considering the fact that the unemployment rate is lower this year than last....no, I don't think that's the reason.
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        Goahead
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are the biggest idiot I have seen at this so far. Too expensive? How old are you to post a comment like that? Typical European countries are paying like $9-$10 a gallon for many years! We are so spoiled paying less at the pump and that is why we have so many gas guzzling obese vehicles in this country polluting the air that we need to survive. Geez..... shut up and realize what's going on the rest of the world!
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've only driven my car about 1,000 miles total since late 2003. Northeast here.
      That Kid
      • 3 Years Ago
      More expensive gasoline and more meager paychecks to buy it with: is it any wonder? Though this news certainly doesn't hurt calls for more mixed-use retail/residential neighborhoods or more comprehensive public transportation. The post-war American dream of driving twenty-some miles home from work to some tract in the suburbs is showing itself more and more to be just that.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is such BS. There are more cars clogging up the roads than ever before. I work a job where i get off one day during the week, and the roads are jammed at 1pm on a Monday. it's ridiculous.
      Wai
      • 3 Years Ago
      where did they conduct this survey? in detroit.. come to LA and see
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is great news. And that picture makes me miss New Orleans dearly.
      1spam4you
      • 3 Years Ago
      how europeans drive less or more ?
      - v o c t u s -
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad that fuel prices were mentioned in the article. So people are driving less, with more fuel efficient cars, huh? SUPPLY AND DEMAND MY ASS!!!!!!!
        - v o c t u s -
        • 3 Years Ago
        @- v o c t u s -
        By the way - "No clear indication as to why"??? ...kidding, right? Maybe, um, with record unemployment, they don't have a JOB to drive to and from, and hence much less cash to spend on gas for other trips... so lets see... That could be a cause/effect. What brain-dead reporting!
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