Source: BTS for miles travelled. EIA for gasoline prices (2005 dollars). Leaded gasoline prices before 1980, unleaded gasoline afterwards.
- 1960-1978 (Motorization). This era marks the ongoing motorization of the American society, the fast growth of suburbia and low gasoline prices.
- 1979-1985 (Recessionary transition). The First and the Second Oil Shocks and the recession of the early 1980s are characterized by a setback in the average annual mileage in light of rising gasoline prices.
- 1986-2000 (Peak motorization). Through the 1990s gasoline prices remained low enabling the motorization trend observed through the 1960s to resume. America reached peak motorization and peak suburbanization.
- 2001-2010 (Peak motorization transition). Through the 2000s, gasoline prices increased substantially, marking a new transition where the average annual mileage is in decline.