Study: Good News For Motorists, Younger People Driving Less
National Public Radio reports on a new study from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute which seems to indicate the number of young people who don’t drive is increasing.
The trend in car ownership and driver’s license holders is decreasing among all age groups but is most dramatically down in younger demographics.
One metric NPR pulls out is that only 69% of 19-year olds had a driver’s license in 2014, compared to 90% in 1983. While driver’s licenses among twenty-somethings is down 13% compared to 30 years ago.
NPR writer David Schaper reports from Chicago and interviews a handful of folks, both young and older, who don’t or have recently given up driving.
The cost of vehicle ownership including insurance, maintenance and the ever present parking tickets are a few of the things that are discouraging many from driving or even having a driver’s license.
This decline in motorists on the road is just good news for those who continue to drive as hopefully the result is less traffic congestion and improved travel times.
Here’s the full story from NPR, “Like Millennials, More Older Americans Steering Away From Driving.”