Driving likely peaked in 2004, says U-Michigan study

Driving likely peaked in 2004, says U-Michigan study

Per person, per driver and per household, Americans now have fewer light-duty vehicles, drive each of them less, and consume less fuel than in the past, according to a recent study from the University of Michigan. And the studyês author believes the trends are here to stay.

Rates of fuel consumptions have fallen 13 to 18 percent from their peak around 2004, the study found. Although economic factors have likely contributed to declining rates since the recession, other societal changes have influenced the need for personal transportation: increases in telecommuting, in the use of public transportation and in urbanization. Another factor is the change in driversê ages.

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