Recent surveys show there are fewer young people and more senior citizens behind the wheel in the United States. According to the National Household Travel Survey, members of Generation Y, who are between the ages of 16 to 34, are driving less.
From 2001 to 2009, the average annual number of vehicle miles traveled by Gen-Y-ers dropped by 23 percent. The reason? Some find the process to be a hassle, others are frightened by the prospect of controlling a vehicle, and others are merely taking a green approach to transportation, choosing bicycles or public transportation.
There is also the high cost of owning and fueling-up a vehicle today.
On the flip side, researchers at the University of Michigan have found that people age 70 and older make up the largest group of drivers on the road -- even higher than those who driver that are in their 40s and 50s.