Americans Driving Down Their Driving Miles

January 17, 2014 by Bill Chameides

American Driving Habits

With each American traveling on average less than 10,000 miles a year and the country as a whole nearly three trillion total vehicle miles traveled per year, we are hands down the champs at racking up the miles. But of late, something remarkable and, for many, unexpected has been happening.[read more]

Will Fewer Young Drivers Today Mean Lower Fuel Demand Tomorrow?

September 4, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Fewer Drivers, Less Fuel Use?

US gasoline demand peaked in 2007 and is expected to decline for two decades. An intriguing factor aligned with this shift, which would have been almost unthinkable only a few years ago, involves a surprising reduction in the number of licensed drivers under 40 years of age.[read more]

Memorial Day Driving By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 26, 2013 by Joseph Romm

price at the pump

The oil industry uses high prices to make big profits, spends them to keep their tax breaks, and then pushes for more dirty, unconventional oil like Canadian tar sands — which will not have any impact on gasoline prices.[read more]

Fuel Efficiency in the US

October 28, 2011 by Tom Konrad

A nice graphic comparing various passenger cars and alternative fuels. Two quibbles: - I don’t think the NASA crawler (used to transport the Space Shuttle) qualifies as a passenger car. - Why not include natural gas vehicles? [read more]

Carsharing The Future Of Driving? GM, Ford, Toyota Say Yes

October 26, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Earlier this month, General Motors announced it will help millions of GM vehicle owners to rent out their cars. The new peer-to-peer car sharing service—a partnership with a start-up company called RelayRides—is intended to “reduce traffic congestion in America’s largest cities and address urban mobility concerns,” according to...[read more]

U.S. driving down 4.5 billion miles in April

June 20, 2008 by Joseph Romm

April 2008 saw another sharp drop in vehicle miles traveled (aka VMT) according to the Federal Highway Administration’s monthly report on “Traffic Volume Trends.” This follows “the sharpest yearly drop for any month in FHWA history” in March (see here). I was compelled to blog on this because of the incredibly astute media coverage by...[read more]

Americans: fa$t learner$

May 29, 2008 by CliffFigallo

Americans maybe won’t vote to dial back their lifestyles, but money talks and rising gas prices seem to have reached a threshold where American driving behavior has radically changed. As Joe Romm reports on Climate Progress, “In March 2008, Americans drove 246 billion miles, compared to 257 billion in March 2007. Indeed, the March 2008...[read more]

U.S. driving down 11 Billion miles in March, the sharpest drop in history

May 28, 2008 by Joseph Romm

Price does matter. So does public perception of likely future prices. As it becomes increasingly clear that high gasoline prices are not a fluke, Americans are adjusting their driving habits. March 2008 saw “the sharpest yearly drop for any month in FHWA history” of total vehicle miles traveled (aka VMT) according to the Federal Highway...[read more]