Gasoline consumption drops in US

March 26, 2012 5:26:07 PM PDT
Over the past year, gasoline consumption has dropped about 3 percent. The main reason is higher gas prices.

Americans are taking fewer trips to restaurants and malls, and when they vacation they're staying closer to home.

Also contributing to the decline in gas consumption are car makers. They are producing vehicles with better gas mileage.

The average new 2012 car gets 24 miles to the gallon, as compared to 20 miles per gallon just four years ago.