High gas prices and the soft economy are prodding Americans to drive less, according to data released by the Federal Highway Administration.
In May, Americans drove 5 billion miles less than in May 2010, down 1.9 percent, to an estimated 254 billion miles.
That’s the third consecutive month of declines. In April travel fell by 2.4 percent – or 6.1 billion miles.
For the first five months of the year, travel is down 1 percent to 1.19 trillion miles — down 11.7 billion miles. Travel fell the most in the West, South and Midwest.
Travel in the West fell 2.4 percent, and was down 2.2 percent in the South-Gulf region. In the North Central — a 12-state region including Michigan, Ohio and Indiana — traffic fell 2.1 percent.
Americans drove 3 trillion miles in 2010, up 0.6 percent – or 1.4 billion miles.