For the first time in 50 years, the number of families without a vehicle at their households in North America has increased.
The data comes courtesy of the Commuting in America 2013 study, stating that “An aging population, challenging economic times and increased availability of other travel options may be contributing to the reversal of this trend.” The trend being that since 1960, the number of American households without a vehicle had been dropping.
The statistic reached an all-time low of 8.7 percent in 2007. But in 2011, the latest year data is available, that percentage had risen to 9.3, according to study authors at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Recent studies have also revealed that teenagers are showing less of an interest to get their driver’s licenses, while the average number of vehicle miles traveled has been declining for eight years.