Americans Are Ditching Driving
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  • Steve Zimo

    Roads deteriorate whether cars use them as much or not. Weather and truck traffic take a toll. Fewer car miles driven means less gasoline tax collected. How are roads to be properly maintained?

    I also wonder whether the acceptance of driverless car technology may actually increase driving as older citizens who would normally cut down on or stop driving might now be safely chauffeured by their driverless cars.

  • Kavanna

    This isn’t totally unprecedented. Something similar, on a much smaller car base, happened in the Depression.

    This trend is strictly a function of the Millennials being pushed out of the labor force and not working as much as previous generations at the same age. If and when the labor market improves, the driving trend will resume its previous course.

  • Jim Luebke

    You can thank Cash for Clunkers for this blip on the graph, as the premeditated destruction of capital goods wreaks havoc on the capacity of the poor to provide transportation for themselves.

    In turn, lack of reliable transportation is damaging their ability to find work.

    Way to go, Greens.

  • RedWell

    Hey wait – I thought VM staunchly supported suburban living and raised serious questions about big, expensive public transit projects. Now that Millenials tend to eschew the former and accept the latter, it’s a money and carbon saving strategy?

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