Combined with the 17.86 miles per day or 544.6 miles per standard month I drove Pearl this month, my wife and I drove a total average of 40.48 miles per day and 1270.8 miles per month. WOW! For once, we really are contributing to the trend of increased driving by Americans, as shown by this graph from Doug Short.
"Travel on all roads and streets changed by 5.6% (12.4 billion vehicle miles) for February 2016 as compared with February 2015." The less volatile 12-month moving average was up 0.39% month-over-month and 3.0% year-over-year.As for what the immediate future holds, expect less driving for Pearl over the summer as I have fewer meetings to attend, I drive to only the nearest campus to teach, and I walk more as the weather improves. That the sidewalk has been extended on the way to the nearest store will help, as does my having a Fitbit. Nothing like monitoring my activity to induce me to walk more.
Dez will probably be more in line with the 16.67 miles per day or 508.33 miles per standard month she logged between October and December. Consequently, the family will drive a little less next time.
Follow over the jump for the gas price report.