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Americans driving less as car culture wanes

seattletimes -- Researchers don’t know exactly why, but Americans are driving less after vehicle use peaked in August 2007, then dropped sharply during the Great Recession, and has largely plateaued since, even though the economy is recovering and the population growing.


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Submitted Sep 02, 2013 By: jackn22192
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 7:56:49 AM

perhaps prices gotten too high? Or maybe, the newer generations are just too selfish that they can't divorce themselves from their gadgets enough to drive?
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:52:43 AM

why drive yourself when you can have someone else drive you and pick up the gas tab?
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b3ttyb00p
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 10:33:09 PM

Interesting
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:01:51 AM

Cliff: it was a holiday weekend, so at least PD's blog entries would have been old.
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CliffW
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 10:34:51 AM

Are all the stories old today? Must have been a slow news weekend.
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gs7101
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 7:09:22 AM

This poster is definitely driving a lot less!
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 6:21:03 AM

Takes money or a GB win to put gas in my car...
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tomok
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:59:03 AM

Americans driving less as car culture wanes. No Jobs, High Vehicle Prices, High Fuel Prices, High Insurance Prices, Vehicle Registration, and Vehicle Maintenance costs - what incentive is there to own a vehicle and drive, drive, drive. There are many other distractions a young person can do besides own a vehicle and drive to where they want to go. Public transportation, have a relative drive them, bum a ride, or hitchhike are some other modes of transportation that does not cost very much. Owning a vehicle will never be an option for them.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:58:01 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:26:26 AM

Democrats and Republicans thinks throwing around their crap social ideals, along with playing world police, raising taxes and outsourcing jobs, have contributed to America's decline of the car culture, as well as the decline of a lot of other things (such as our liberties and quality of life). Hopefully we'll vote wisely..... yeah right.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:25:53 AM

no more Sunday driving, just to work and home.
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:19:24 AM

Yes the good old days are gone...
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:16:43 AM

old news
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CivicMA
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:14:20 AM

Costs, high unemployment, ability to do much more online, etc.

Not hard to really figure out if you try!
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RogerB
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:13:21 AM


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judgemobile
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:13:11 AM

if demand is lower, why are pump prices rising ? (don't tell me about a 3-5 cent decline over a week when prices rise 30 cents in ONE DAY before the decline starts...they NEVER drop 30 cents in one day).
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cheap59
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:11:55 AM

Just trying to save a buck!
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cheapertvs
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:11:54 AM

Interesting!

Gasoline prices?

The price of gasoline is the root cause.
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mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:11:31 AM

Maybe because gas is expensive?
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:11:19 AM

O.K.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:11:09 AM

Less camping trips and going to the boat less.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:09:54 AM

American's Driving Less because the don't make enough money.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:09:17 AM

VERY HARD TO SEE THIS
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citrat
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:08:38 AM

Need to research researchers' researchers.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:07:25 AM

Need to research the researchers.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:07:11 AM

You can do more online and don't need to get out as much
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:07:07 AM

Gotta drivr less. A lot of people outa work or not working many hours.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:06:41 AM

Okay.
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bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:04:37 AM

Cost is only part of the change.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:02:17 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:01:50 AM

Really??
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 12:00:41 AM

Cheaper to stay home.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:58:40 PM

Gas costs too much.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:58:40 PM

The economy is recovering?
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:57:52 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:52:01 PM

Its the price of waste, fraud and greed.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:51:46 PM

less job they going to
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:51:45 PM

Can't tell by the AM rush
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:51:27 PM

They are just afraid to leave home.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:48:34 PM

Gas prices and the economy are factors for the decline.
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sydb7
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:48:30 PM

Maybe because the cost of fuel keeps going up??
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:47:58 PM

OK.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:47:15 PM

Never could tell at evening traffic
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:44:58 PM

Okay...
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:44:15 PM

Driving less because of unemployment and no money.

But the truth seldom leaks out.

Using less and paying more; you know prices are manipulated for greedy speculators using the market as their plaything.

Make them take delivery of product and not just make paper trades. That will stop the nonsense.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:43:55 PM

interesting!
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:42:01 PM

NO Jobs to drive to!!! Give thanks to Obama regime!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:40:57 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:40:27 PM

...thanx to continuously high gas prices, higher insurance rates, and the horrible way most people drive! I hate going anywhere but you have to drive so much more defensively now than ever!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:39:36 PM

maybe overpriced gas.....duh
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:39:21 PM

Many don't have the money to do it.
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