Transportation Changes Lead to Less Driving
The number of people on the road in the United States peaked in 2004, at least according to the number of miles traveled. In 2006 the rate of vehicles per-driver, per-household were at their highest point. And now, just seven years later, researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) have found that people are driving less – and a lot of changes are resulting from that. Dealership sales numbers on the whole are falling, miles driven numbers are dropping, and the reasons are all simple: increased telecommuting and higher usage of public transportation being two of the biggest factors. This has led to many younger people eschewing driving altogether – why would one need a car, and all the expenses that come with them, when they can telecommute to work and use the bus or a carsharing service to get around?
This mindset is slowly becoming the norm, and the numbers are showing it. Los Angeles – the home of congestion in the U.S. – has seen its lowest amount of cars on the road in years, and with an emphasis on lowering humanity’s carbon footprint shaping young minds over the past decade, it’s not surprising that one of the biggest reasons cited for driving less is lowering that footprint. Auto transporters expel their fair share of pollutants, but it’s inevitable that any changes to passenger vehicles will make their way into an auto transport truck. On the other hand, less people driving means lower car sales numbers as well as lower transport numbers, so it’s sort of a double-edged sword: how much of an impact will these changes wreak on the car shipping industry?
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