U.S. roads became a little more congested in 1998, as the total number of cars and trucks in operation reached a record 205,043,000 units on July 1, according to a Polk Co. survey (see insert for complete data). That tally represents an increase of nearly 4 million vehicles from the 201,071,000 units counted a year earlier. Compared to the 171,742,000 cars and trucks operating on the nation's roads on July 1, 1988, the U.S. vehicle population increased by more than 33 million units, or ...

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