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Why Americans Are Driving Less Each Year

American youths are losing interest in cars, and overall miles driven on U.S. roads have dropped 8.75 percent since 2005
Why Americans Are Driving Less Each Year
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Car sales may be picking up, but Americans are driving less and less each year.

According to the latest U.S. Department of Transportation data, travel on all roads and streets dropped 1.4 percent in February 2013 (PDF), compared with February 2012—the equivalent of roughly 3.1 billion miles. Meanwhile, cumulative travel for 2013 dropped 0.4 percent, or 1.8 billion miles.