Going from 3.01 trillion miles traveled to 3.00 trillion may not seem like a big deal, but the .4% reduction in 2007 marks the first time American travel has decreased in more than 20 years.
The change comes as gas and oil prices hit record highs that show no signs of slowing in the immediate future. Perhaps 2007 will be remembered as the year American habits finally began catching up with the hard realities of a petroleum-based world.
According to a Reuters report, these habits are not confined to reduced driving alone. Americans are also meeting the challenges of rising fuel prices by purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles and choosing public transportation more often. More people are taking the bus or subway now than at any other time in the past 50 years.
Do you feel like your driving habits have changed? If so, how?