Low gas prices encourage more driving
Just The Latest In A String Of Reports Trying To Understand The American Mind
The US Department of Transportation has reported a full year of monthly growth in the number of miles driven, with February clocking the second-highest total ever for that month and the greatest increase in more than a decade. We did 221.1 billion miles in the shortest month of the year, outdoing February 2014 by 6.1 billion miles. If winter hadn't been such a horror show in the northeast, predictions are that the tally would have been higher.
The low, low price of gas is given as part of the reason. And even though prices have been on the rise since January, the American Automobile Association says that, on average, gas still costs a dollar less per gallon than a year ago, and that Americans will be taking more road trips if the trend continues. The high-mileage isn't about long trips, however - with miles per vehicle and miles per capita on a downturn, it seems that there are simply more people making more trips in more cars.
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