Almost half of all 18 to 34-year-old drivers are driving less, and nearly two-thirds would drive less if alternative transportation options were available, according to an independent study commissioned by Zipcar, Inc., the world's largest car sharing service. The study of licensed drivers conducted in October by KRC Research revealed that 45 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) said they had consciously made an effort to reduce how much they drive, and 64 percent would drive less if alternative options including public transportation, car sharing or convenient carpooling (ridesharing) were available in their area.
Millennials & Driving A Survey Commissioned by Zipcar November 2010
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Millennials Driving Decline of the Car Culture
The share of automobile miles driven by people aged 21 to 30 in the U.S. fell to 13.7% in 2009 from 18.3% in 2001 and 20.8% in 1995
The proportion of people aged 21-30 actually increased from 13.3% to 13.9%,
So 20-somethings went from driving a disproportionate amount of the nation's highway miles in 1995 to under-indexing for driving in 2009.
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Driving Deeper: The Millennials Survey
Online survey of 1,025 adults
Ages 18 and over, including 966 licensed drivers
Conducted between October 7 and 11, 2010
Break out by age segments
18-34 years old: 287 drivers Millennials
35-44 years old: 218 drivers
45-54 years old: 178 drivers
55 years old or more: 283 drivers
Millennials are consciously deciding to drive less
A majority of millennials would reduce the amount of time they currently drive if alternative transportation options were available to them today
The high cost of car ownership is making it difficult for millennials to own a car
Millennials are Choosing to Drive Less 45% 40% 31% 24% Strongly Agree In the past year, I have consciously made an effort to reduce how much I drive, and instead take public transportation, bike/walk or carpool when possible Somewhat Agree
If there were more options in my area, such as public transportation, car sharing or convenient carpooling, I would drive less than I do now. 64% 55% 49% 41% Strongly Agree Millennials Want Transportation Alternatives Somewhat Agree
If there were more options in my area, such as public transportation, car sharing or convenient carpooling, I would drive less than I do now. Millennials Want Transportation Alternatives 67% 64% Among post-college Millennials fully 67% would drive less if there were viable transportation alternatives.
In todays economy, it can be difficult to own a car because of the high cost of gas, parking and maintenance. 80% 71% 76% 68% Strongly Agree Cost Of Car Ownership A Key Barrier Somewhat Agree
With access to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, text messaging and online gaming, I sometimes choose to spend time with friends online instead of driving to see them. 54% 46% 34% 18% Strongly Agree A New Way of Socializing Somewhat Agree
I want to protect the environment, so I drive less. 45% 39% 37% 42% Strongly Agree Thinking Green, Driving Less Somewhat Agree