Driving Down 1st Drop Since 1980

Tea512 notices that when United States drivers start paying record prices gas, they have driven less for the 17th straight month. That means this will be the first year in the last 27 where the driving rate actually went down. The streak of months on the decline is also the longest since 1979. In the month of May the number fell 3.7 percent. The May number was a total of 254 billion miles which is the lowest we have seen for one month since 2003.The total for the year is down 2.4 percent as we are already passed the big driving months of June and July. It is amazing how many sectors of the economy this effects from tourism, casinos, hotels, camp sites, rest stops, and restaurants. People are just not traveling far from home, more riders are taking public transportation and scooter sales are climbing. The days of climbing in the family station wagon on a Sunday to drive for an hour for an ice cream and a view of a beach are taking a hit, just as much as the road trip to Disney.

You day’s been numbered
And I’ve read your last page

W. Axl Rose 1991