How much did you cut back on driving during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020?
According to the Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration, Americans drove 2.83 trillion miles in 2020. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? If my math is correct, that’s the equivalent of nearly 42,000 roundtrips to Mars and back.
But in reality, that 2.83 trillion miles was a 13 percent drop from 2019 figures.
Question 1: Did you cut back on your automotive travel in 2020, and by how much?
In a normal year — at least “normal” for me — I drive 25,000 to 35,000 miles. For one thing, I like to drive, and if an assignment takes me to a car museum in Maine or Michigan, to an auction in Florida or Texas, or to a concours in California, I’d much rather drive there than fly there.
Of course, along came the coronavirus and a pandemic that brought along a fear of exposure, and in 2020 I…