Transportation Facts - Six surprising facts about how we get around.
- In 2009, average U.S. households will spend about $4,400 on energy to power
their homes and vehicles – about $2,200 on home energy costs and almost $2,200 on gasoline, estimates the Alliance to Save Energy.
- The average family owns two cars.
- Americans have been increasingly ”buying bigger" – from 1990
to 2006, the purchase of SUVs (sport utility vehicles) rose from 5.6% to 32.4%.
- Not including the cost of the vehicle itself, Americans spend about 10%
of their annual incomes on their vehicles, including gas, oil, upkeep, and related vehicle expenses.
- There are about 240 million cars and trucks on the roads in the U.S.
As a nation, we drive about 3 trillion miles each year!
- In 2006, 68% of all oil consumed in the U.S. (13.98 million barrels of
oil) was used for transportation.
(*Primary source for facts 2-6: Transportation Energy Data Book, 2007)