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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 10:25:58 AM

If we needed any sort of evidence that the highest yearly average ever for gasoline is putting the brakes on travel, here it is. Newly released data covering miles driven in this country shows that through November of 2011, yearly travel is down 1.4%, or 38.3 billion miles. This puts U.S. motorists on par to have driven 40 billion fewer miles in 2011 than 2010.

The regions that saw the biggest drops in miles traveled in November were the South Gulf and South Atlantic, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Travel in the South Gulf, which includes TX, OK, AR, LA, AL, MS, KT, and TN was down 1.7% for November vs. the same month in 2010. The South Atlantic, which includes FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, WV, and MD, saw miles traveled drop...

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WanderDan
All-Star Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 11:04:49 PM

bet the tea party wants to give big oil more kickbacks to make up for it
VomVom
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:18:27 AM

That should save a lot of gasoline!! How did the 2012 number compared to 2011? It did not seem to make a difference in gas prices with 2012 having the highest prices ever.
Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 2:14:23 PM

This is great, could it mean that we no longer buy gas/oil from Venezuela or Saudi Arabia or Iran or Syria. Oh my!
Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 8:48:47 AM

Im sure OPEC has noticed we are driving less. Maybe they wont be able to build indoor ski and skating rinks in the desert as in the past from our money
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 5:54:07 PM

So the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is probably down by a similiar percentage.
gasokie
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 11:07:58 AM

Tommyguns45 has a good point too. We waste a lot of money hauling kids around. Kids that live 3 blocks from our school are hauled to school on 45 passenger diesel buses where they are made to take P E for exercise. Those so fat they can't run are made to walk several minutes. A few years ago busses (in the interest of economy) would not pick up any child who lived less than 1 mile of the school. Times are good for some and not so good if you happen to be a taxpayer or out of a job.
Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:00:55 AM

That is god to see and would be less if most people with kids didnt have to hug them around to soccer games, practices etc or the school buses having to go up and down every road in town to pick up kids. What happened to old fashion walking to meet for the bus. We were in better shape back then.
dcone2
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 9:03:00 PM

ok
paulweb
Champion Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 12:08:51 PM

Retired in mid-2009. Driving less because income is lower, gas prices higher.
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 3:25:17 PM

I'll bet even lower by the end of 2012.
kiosk12y
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 6:59:28 PM

ok...
dockersbin
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 11:37:30 AM

Well lets all hope it gets better instead of worse!
DandD6527
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 2:39:22 PM

Interesting - prices go up, driving goes down; lose your job, driving goes down; non-renewable resource, prices go up, bonuses continue on...
Peachy1
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Message Posted: Oct 18, 2012 2:29:35 PM

Could this have to do with the cost of gasoline? Everyone has been on a much tigher budget over the last several years.
Donatelo
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 12:55:30 PM

ok
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2012 12:22:35 PM

and even less in 2012
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 4:51:57 PM

of course its just not affordable for some people
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:09:05 PM

I agree with pricewar
CapriceWagon
Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 10:32:12 AM

A little old, but I wonder how we're doing for 2012
flagtown25
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:44:40 AM

Ok
pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 1:07:23 AM

sad that people can't drive because of NO WORK!
why else would it be down. think about it
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 3:19:46 PM

this is an old post
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 2:21:57 PM

That is a good thing. Were those extra miles really ever needed?
albert2008
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 10:51:12 AM

sounds good
nevaeh04
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 10:06:59 AM

ok pretty good
honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2012 6:03:48 AM

123c: nah, c'mon, it's helping Pig Oil execs buy another yacht. They need to change up occasionally, you know...
123cowboy
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2012 6:56:17 PM

drive less...pay more...something wrong here?
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2012 6:13:28 AM

anyone surprised? Too many folks out of work and/or not enough money to make fun trips.
joegub
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2012 12:43:25 PM

Taking fewer leisure trips, than ever before.
doonieb
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2012 10:59:29 AM

With gas prices getting higher and higher its only gonna get worse.
BJWI
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2012 1:12:14 AM

People traveled less because they could not afford it ... no big mystery ... if you recall Americans spent a record percentage of their income on gas last year.
Ahking
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2012 12:38:39 AM

perhaps more people are taking public transportation.
DerHahn
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2012 12:38:17 AM

if gas prices hit $5 as predicted, even less miles will be driven this year.
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2012 12:23:24 AM

Absolutely!
joekayak
All-Star Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 11:55:41 PM

If gas keeps going up,this year will probably have even fewer miles driven than 2011.
tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 10:03:36 PM

i knew i hadn't gone anywhere lately
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:56:42 PM

The only reason I am driving less is because of the lack of work!

Got to hand it to Obama, he really knows how to get things done>------->Sarcasm
knot2swift
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:41:47 PM

Here's where the article gets stupid....

40,000,000,000 fewer miles a year divided by almost 320,000,000 million souls in the US= 125 fewer miles per soul IN THE ENTIRE YEAR!

You do the math yourselves but considering the country is recovering from the worst recession since the great depression, that is squat.

I mean really, what the hell is 125 miles less a year when the average person drives well over 12,500. Answer... less than 1 %. One less long car trip for a family of four on a long weekend perhaps A YEAR.


[Edited by: knot2swift at 1/30/2012 8:45:36 PM EST]
ratones1
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:37:26 PM

DRIVE LESS...
g747
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:34:08 PM

Fuel & other commodities prices indexes were through the roof.Americans started conserving, & consolidating,plaining, our interaries to enhance our time.
JDisNo1
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:33:47 PM

IF WE DRIVE MORE WILL THEY LOWER THE GAS PRICES? HA HA ... DIDN'T THINK SO.
MRHONEST
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:32:41 PM

what are they doing with all the extra gas?
pgerassi
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:30:43 PM

I'm driving less too.
bevmill
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:30:37 PM

So true.
NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:24:25 PM

With the exodus of industry, there's fewer people driving in the course of making a living, too.
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:23:50 PM

I wonder how this is known? For sure fuel usage is down but people are driving smaller cars and more efficient ones. So how do they know that this is true?
TXGasPriceSpy
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:22:15 PM

Yep, that's right.
rx7racerca
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:21:03 PM

I'm driving a fair bit more - but it's for work. Chasing a paycheck has me racking up about 550kms a week. Gotta go where the work is, while there's work to be had...
nztyraider
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:14:34 PM

We can't afford do drive more because it's too damn expensive.
vibdata
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:13:58 PM

AND THOSE 40 BEEEELLLLION FEWER MILES COST THEM $40 BEEELLLLION MORE TO DRIVE.

THAT is the PROBLEM.

theschmuck
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2012 8:11:24 PM

There may have been fewer miles but then there were lots of people out of work, no jobs as promised from the Obummer, high gas prices and the excess we had was sold to foreign countries instead of helping our own country. Greed is the prime word folks!!!!!!
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