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Americans driving less as car culture wanes

WASHINGTON — Driving in America has stalled, leading researchers to ask: Is the national love affair with the automobile over?

After rising for decades, total US vehicle use — the collective miles people drive — peaked in August 2007. It then dropped sharply during the Great Recession and has largely been at a plateau since, even though the economy is recovering and the population growing. Just this week, the Federal Highway Administration reported vehicle miles traveled during the first half of 2013 were down slightly, continuing the trend.

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