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    Road traffic falls for the first time in 30 years

    Traffic JamAccording to the Times Online road traffic has fallen for the first time in 30 years due to the recession and rising fuel costs. It seems many people are deciding to leave their cars at home these days.In fact, Britain's 34 million vehicles travelled 3.1 billion fewer miles than usual last year. It's the biggest decrease on record. On average that works out as 90 miles less per motor. As a result of this, there have been 400 less road deaths than usual in the 12 months between September 2007 and 2008. This is equivalent to the total fall in deaths in the 5 years previous to September 2007.Falling new car sales during the last quarter of 2008 may also have something to do with the reduction in traffic. People seem unwilling to spend money on cars. Personally, if I could spend less money on my car then I would definitely do it. My journey to work is a nightmare some days and this reported fall in everyone's mileage certainly doesn't seem evident where I commute from.The Times says the fall in the miles driven last year was steepest between July and September when petrol prices peaked £1.20. However, mileage did continue to decrease even when petrol went back below £1 a litre and they attribute this to growing unemployment. I agree to a certain extent, but also think the summer holidays could have affected the summer figures. Especially as the weather last year was so bad. Who wants to go for a picnic or to the beach in the rain?So, in summary, figures show that people are being more careful when they drive and only using cars when they need to. Is this true in your area/commute to work? I am failing to see any difference myself. If anything my commute is busier than ever. Let us know what you think.

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