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Peak Vehicle Miles Travelled

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The Atlantic has an article on declining car use in the US – . Its interesting that the one state showing large increases in miles travelled is North Dakota – lots of driving around trying to increase shale oil production from the Bakken it seems…

Driving has been on the decline in the United States since 2004, as researchers have documented every which way. What they still don’t know, though, is precisely why. The answer likely has to do with some messy mix of rising gas prices, changing demographics, new technology, a souring economy and the shifting preferences of Millennial drivers. But it’s tempting to lean on some of those explanations more heavily than others. …Since VMT peaked nationwide in 2004, driving has also declined in nearly every state

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4 Comments on "Peak Vehicle Miles Travelled"

  1. BillT on Sun, 1st Sep 2013 12:44 pm 

    Simple answer: No one can afford those extra miles anymore. And it will continue to shrink, right along with car sales and all other oil related areas.

  2. BillT on Sun, 1st Sep 2013 12:45 pm 

    BTW: the picture is and English car, not American. Driver is on the right…

  3. GregT on Sun, 1st Sep 2013 5:56 pm 

    Most people, when faced with the choice between eating or driving, would prefer to eat. Given the fact that one out of every six Americans now rely on food programs to keep food on their tables, it should not be too difficult to figure out why they are driving less.

  4. actioncjackson on Sun, 1st Sep 2013 7:24 pm 

    There were huge price increases of oil during this time frame, from ~$30 to ~$100. Everything is more expensive, not just driving. This picture is one of the many ways of looking at the recession, only this time cheap energy won’t be there to pull us out, but on the contrary, it’s high price is a large part of the driving mechanism, no pun intended.

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