The driving boom is over, according to a recent study that found the average number of miles driven by Americans has declined for the eighth year in a row.
The report from the TexPIRG Education Fund claims the decline is likely to continue as Baby Boomers grow older and Millennials find ways to live without long and frequent commutes.
The total number of miles driven by Americans peaked in 2007 at three trillion, according to the study. The actual number has wavered right below that line ever since.
Here are a few of the reasons to explain to sudden halt more miles:
- Baby Boomer are retiring
- Millennials favor a walkable living environment
- Rising gas prices made driving more expensive
- Economic downturn hurt car sales
- Internet technologies like online shopping make driving less necessary
However, the government does not agree that the driving boom has peaked. According to study, the government forecasts travel to continue to climb as a way to justify spending.
What do you think? Has technology, new living trends and public transportation put the breaks on America's driving obsession? Do you really think the government projects the number of miles driven to increase as a way to justify spending? Join the conversation on the KENS 5 Facebook page.