Not Even Much Cheaper Gas Drove Us to Drive More

HAMILTON – Mirroring the national trend, New Jersey motorists drove more than 2.3 billion fewer miles from January through November 2008 compared to the same period a year earlier, registering 361 million fewer miles in November alone.

Much cheaper gas prices appeared to play no role in the miles traveled decrease.

The November 2008 average for a gallon of regular serve gasoline was $2.08, 88 cents per gallon cheaper than the November 2007 average.

“The economy continues to be the reason that drives us not to drive as far or as often as in past years,” AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman David Weinstein said.

Nationally, road travel decreased by more than 102 billion miles in November, according to the Federal Highway Administration, which tracks vehicle miles traveled.

Cumulative travel nationally for the first 11 months of 2008 was 2.66 trillion miles.

For New Jersey during those same 11 months, cumulative travel was about 65 billion miles.

The only month during 2008 in which New Jersey motorists registered a miles-traveled increase over the same month in 2007 was April.

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