It may be hard to believe, especially when you're stuck on the interstate in the middle of rush-hour traffic, but Americans are driving far less today than they were just a few years ago.Since 2004, per-capita driving has fallen by double digits in 10 states and declined at least somewhat in nearly all of them.It's not just the recession, experts say. The trend has been fueled by a wide range of factors, including the economic downturn, high gas prices, growth in urban areas, telecommuting, e-commerce and the Millennials' shift away from car culture."All seem to be moving in the same direction. I don't know if we'll ever know which is more responsible than the others" for the decline, says Phineas Baxandall, author of "Moving off the Road: A State-by-State Analysis of the National Decline in Driving," for the U.S. Public Research Interest Group.Overall, per-capita miles driven have dropped 7.4% between their peak in 2004 and the end of 2012. That's a stark contrast to previous decades,...
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