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U.S. motorists drive fewer miles in 2011

The Detroit News -- Americans hit the brakes on travel in 2011, as travel on U.S. roads fell to its lowest level since 2003, government data shows. Last year, U.S. drivers logged 35.7 billion fewer miles over 2010 — down 1.2 percent — to 2.963 trillion miles, the Federal Highway Administration reported. That's the fewest number of miles since Americans drove 2.890 trillion miles in 2003. Stubbornly, high gas prices and an economic slowdown since 2008 have convinced some Americans not to drive as much. The U.S. Energy Information Agency says U.S. gasoline prices are averaging $3.52 a gallon — up $0.38 over a year ago. But U.S. drivers in December drove 1.3 percent more miles over December 2010 — up 3.2 billion miles — and the first increase after nine straight monthly declines in 2011. Link to Article.

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Submitted Feb 22, 2012 By: us30ride
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remay
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:59:14 AM

And what will it be for THIS year? I would guess less again...
Mark8601
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 7:25:22 AM

No Duh!
07skydriver
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 6:32:27 AM

Just stay home.
kenji554
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2012 5:42:27 AM

I'm betting we will be driving even less in 2012
rbrk02
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 6:38:28 PM

Ok article. No surprise here. It would seem that most people would eliminate unnecessary driving in order to save money.
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 6:13:25 PM

We drove less last year, And if gas goes up past the $4.00 mark
Sure a lot will drive less.
fajeff01
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 1:50:45 PM

Of course! In an attempt to ward of the expense of gas costs.
db60
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 1:16:26 PM

Old news.
rjojo40
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 1:12:04 PM

cut 2011's results by a quarter and you have the total miles for 2012.
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 1:05:49 PM

I bet were on pace to drive less miles in 2012 than in 2011
tnfran
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 12:41:41 PM

A downward spiral and out of control!!!!!!!!!!!
Norm10
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:42:11 AM

I would like to see how they went about calculating this.
coughlin
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:39:07 AM

Driving up the price of gasoline.
peakkeller
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:31:37 AM

And fuel demand continues to shrink...
crestliner95
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:25:14 AM

Good story. I believe this trend will continue as prices rise.
mwc407
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:17:34 AM

Intersting story - and entirely logical. Gas prices keep going up; people are out of work. No jobs = no commuter miles (to work and back) and since they aren't working then they don't have the money to drive to Disney World with the kids.
TripleHs
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:16:35 AM

seemingly a long-lasting trend
GuymonM
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:12:16 AM

Expect that the miles driven will continue to decline as the pump prices for gasoline continue to climb.
The airlines will also take a hit as they are forced to raise thier fares to cover higher fuel costs and people will travel by air less as well.
fowlcan
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 11:03:23 AM

This has been said before. Do you think High fuel prices has anything to do with it?? Really}}}{{{ well duuuuuu.
BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:59:24 AM

So why are we paying more for gasoline. If we are driving less in this ountry?
cdrrod
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:45:36 AM

As the prices of gas go up, more and more learn to walk!
Cothrom
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:42:36 AM

Sad but true
Dr Gas
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:19:30 AM

NO!

Who allows these things to be written??!!!

It's like writing that the sky is blue!

Can we get onto REAL news!???!
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:18:51 AM

Same here. Pricey motion lotion has had an impact.
justme888CA
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:07:10 AM

My driving habits have changed as I try to combine trips into as few as possible. Will do so more now that the gas prices are getting so outrageous.
cheapchickKY
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:01:44 AM

My mileage is down.
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 10:00:52 AM

I believe this is true. Also Canadians drive less, as well.
bar1035
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 9:54:23 AM

Seems like I've seen that headline before ?
ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 9:53:13 AM

Expected.
bicycler
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 9:52:07 AM

Good news
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