There’s a sobering statistic for you, especially if you think the US is the land of milk and honey and is on top of the world economically. However, it’s also another reminder of the ridiculous inefficiency of the automobile, and the hefty price tag it carries. One would be much better off using the world’s most efficient mode of transport, the bicycle, at least for the 40% of trips that are just 2 miles or less (or the 82% of trips that are still within a very bikeable 5 miles or less).
And let’s not forget that there are also many health costs to driving.
Anyway, here’s more info on that statistic above and related matters, from sister site Insteading:
One-Third Of All U.S. Adults Struggle To Afford Their Car (via Insteading)
More than 36 percent of adult respondents said that if gas prices continue to rise, they’ll have to give something up in order to afford their car. Of those who regularly drive a vehicle, nearly one-in-four (23 percent) said it is at least somewhat likely that they will build up credit card debt…
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