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Miles Driven Continue to Drop from 2007, Though Up from June, DOT Reports

Travel during July 2008 on all roads and streets in the United States dropped 3.6 percent from July 2007 at an estimated total of 254.5 billion vehicle-driven miles, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHA). This reflects a drop of 9.6 billion vehicle-driven miles from July 2007.

However, miles driven increased by 1.8 percent from the prior month, June 2008, during which 250.0 billion miles were driven.

When broken down by region, miles driven compared to July 2007 were down in all regions.

Estimated Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

Region
Total Miles Traveled in July 2007
Total Miles Traveled in July 2008
Percentage Change
Northeast
40,029
39,233
-2.0
South-Atlantic
55,061
52,650
-4.4
North-Central
59,759
57,890
-3.1
South-Gulf
51,082
49,105
-3.9
West
264,135
254,496
-3.6

For cumulative miles driven throughout the year, current numbers are down 3.0 percent from 2007; in July 2007, 1744.9 billion cumulative vehicle miles had been driven, while this year, only 1692.9 billion cumulative miles had been driven as of this July.

Are you seeing a decrease in driving in your area? Are you finding business is down-or about average-based on this? Please e-mail pstacey@glass.com.

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