Pay more, drive less. That seems to be the formula more and more American motorists are following these days.
Despite a bit of a reprieve as fuel prices slip slightly, it appears U.S. motorists are steadily trimming back on travel, whether for vacations or simply when running errands, according to the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration.
For the first half of this year, Americans drove 1.453 trillion miles, a 1.1% decline compared to the January – June period the year before. It was also a 44 billion mile decline from the first half of 2009, when Americans set a motoring record of 1.497 trillion miles.
But lower fuel prices could encourage more drivers to get back behind the wheel – the AAA projecting that the nation’s holiday travelers drive more and fly less during the long Labor Day weekend.
June brought the fourth straight month of declining traffic, according to the Highway Administration. Overall travel was down 1.4%, with the biggest decline in South-Gulf region.