U.S. vehicle travel in July fell 3.3% to 286.6 billion miles, the second consecutive monthly decline in American driving in the face of high fuel prices, the U.S. Transportation Department said. The country witnessed a 9.9 billion-mile decline in July as gas prices remained above $4 a gallon nationally and 1.7% decline in June driving were the first monthly drops since February 2021. U.S. driving rose 11% in 2021 after falling in 2020 to the lowest yearly total since 2003 as COVID-19 shutdowns drastically reduced road use. Road travel in the first seven months of 2022 is 1.87 trillion miles — still 1.8% higher than 2021 but below 2019 pre-pandemic levels for that period. The American Automotive Association (AAA) said in August it found that drivers made significant changes to cope with high pump prices. AAA said in a new survey “almost two-thirds of […]