The Energy Department and AAA predict a drop this year, but they don't account for variables like storms or wars.
Vital barge shipments have already been disrupted as an ongoing drought hits the key artery of the nation’s inland waterway system.
About 1 in 24 drivers admit to nodding off at the wheel in the last month. And 100,000 crashes each year are linked to driver fatigue.
Automakers can thank a mending economy, rising gas prices and an aging fleet on the roads for their success.
Prices at the pump have been dropping for months. Industry analysts are trying to gauge future movement, but say the 'fiscal cliff' could be a determining factor.
Reports warn that delaying investment in the nation's infrastructure will further hurt the economy and lead to higher future costs.
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