In 2013, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) published a study confirming what many already know, that Millennials drive less than any other recent generation of Americans. Titled “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future,” the study a singles out Millennials (born in 1983 or later) as being the primary factor behind the end of the post-WII driving boom. Although not necessarily conclusive, the data strongly suggest that the recent economic recession only exacerbated a pre-existing reluctance among Millennials to rely on personal automobiles for transportation. Millennials are the first generation to openly embrace the use of Internet-connected devices on a daily basis, and as such, they are less reliant on cars to stay connected. Social media platforms, e-mail, and text messaging have caused a sea change in connectivity – one that has little or no use for the automobile.
The implications of this phenomenon aren’t entirely clear, given the influence of other factors such as gas prices, the health of the U.S. economy, and the development of viable transportation alternatives in both urban centers and regional corridors. Although the U.S. driving boom may, in fact, be at an end, there is nothing to suggest that the automobile won’t continue to be our primary form of transportation for the foreseeable future. U.S. PIRG’s study on the driving habits of Millennials hints that this and possibly future generations of Americans will be more receptive to less auto-dependent ways of living, and to transportation models that aren’t as overwhelmingly vehicle centric.
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