It turns out that my wife and I contributed less to the continuing trend to drive more. Bill McBride of Calculated Risk passed on the following from the Department of Transporation.
Travel on all roads and streets changed by 4.2% (11.4 billion vehicle miles) for July 2015 as compared with July 2014.Here's the graph showing the rapid increase in miles driven over the past year.
Travel for the month is estimated to be 283.7 billion vehicle miles.
The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for July 2015 is 264.4 billion miles, a 3.9% (9.9 billion vehicle miles) increase over July 2014. It also represents a 0.8% change (2.1 billion vehicle miles) compared with June 2015.
McBride attributes most of this increase to cheaper gasoline. I agree.
That written, local gas prices are about to become less cheap. I'll have a report on that later. Stay tuned.