U.S. road trips fell 3.3% in July as gasoline prices remain high By Reuters

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© Reuters. A person puts gas into a vehicle at a gas station in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 11, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. vehicle trips in July fell 3.3% to 286.6 billion miles, the second consecutive monthly decline in U.S. driving in the face of high fuel prices, the department said American Transportation.

The country saw a drop of 9.9 billion miles in July as gasoline prices remained above $4 a gallon nationwide and the 1.7% drop in June was the first monthly decline since February 2021. Driving in the United States rose 11% in 2021 after falling to a 2020 low. annual total since 2003, as COVID-19 shutdowns significantly reduced road use.

Road trips in the first seven months of 2022 are 1.87 trillion miles – still 1.8% more than in 2021 but below 2019 pre-pandemic levels for this period.

The American Automotive Association (AAA) said in August it found drivers had made significant changes to deal with high prices at the pump. AAA said in a new survey that “nearly two-thirds of American adults have changed their driving or lifestyle habits since March.”

Retail gasoline prices are currently $3.67, down nearly 100 straight days from an all-time high of $5.02 a gallon in mid-June, according to AAA. The current average of $3.67 is 24 cents lower than a month ago, but 48 cents higher than September 2021.

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