Gas Prices Drive Americans Off the Road

Motoring takes record drop: 11B fewer miles in March
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 3:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – The summer driving season that kicked off over Memorial Day weekend will see significantly fewer Americans hitting the road, reports CNN: Figures from March released yesterday show the biggest decline in driving since the federal government began keeping records in 1942—down 4.3% or 11 billion miles from last year. Gas consumption for the first 3 months of 2008 is estimated to be about 0.6% lower than the previous year, and the summer consumption is projected to be down 0.4%.