The estimated number of miles that all vehicles in the U.S. traveled (the VMT) grew by 2.5 percent in September 2009, the highest year-on-year monthly VMT uptick for 2009. The lowest number was negative 3.1%, recorded in January. Overall, for 2009, the number is up by +0.3% (6.7 billion vehicle miles). These numbers are based on the monthly Traffic Volume Trends report from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Usually, the number climbs every year, but Americans drover a lot less in 2008, when gas prices shot up. Perhaps the recent VMT increase is signaling a slight boost in confidence, if Jim Motavalli's theory that the reason VMT continued to drop after gas prices went back down was because people are worried about the high cost of everything is correct.

[Source: US Federal Highway Administration via Green Car Congress]
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