For a while it seemed that commuters were changing their driving habits in response to high gas prices. Apparently, the change was less dramatic than some media made it out to be.
A recent survey found:
-One in four (26%) working Americans say they have made adjustments to their commuting habits in the last year to deal with the increased cost of getting to work.
-Despite this, however, eight in 10 (84%) say their primary mode of transportation for getting to work is still their car, which they drive alone.
-Just 5 percent of workers carpool, and reliance on public transportation is still very low. Only 2 percent of workers take the train or subway as their primary transportation to get to work, while another 3 percent ride the bus.
-And whether they’re the majority driving the highways or the minority taking public transportation, the typical American worker commutes an average of 13.9 miles one way–with one in five (19%) traveling more than 25 miles to get to work.
Public Affairs surveyed more than 1,000 hourly and salaried workers on behalf of SnagAJob.com.
Aug. 27, 2008