November 16, 2012

Auto Briefs

More women than men licensed to drive; Thanksgiving travel to inch up



Study: More women than men are licensed
More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel. A study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute that looked at gender trends in driver's licenses between 1995 and 2010 found that in 1995 men with driver's licenses slightly outnumbered women, 89.2 million to 87.4 million. By 2010, 105.7 million women had licenses, compared with 104.3 million men.
The Associated Press


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Holiday travel to rise, but not by much
Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. The company predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year. While more people are traveling, it appears that the pent-up demand seen following the recession has largely dissipated. Demand grew a healthy 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively, in the two previous Thanksgiving holiday periods even though economic growth was moderate.
The Associated Press


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