Miles Driven in December Increases By 1.3 Percent
March 2, 2012

by Katie O'Mara, komara@glass.com

Travel on the U.S. roadways rose by 1.3 percent from December 2010 to December 2011, an increase of 3.2 billion miles, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

December's rise follows a dip in November and a significant increase in miles driven in October. Cumulative travel for 2011 was down by 1.2 percent or 35.7 billion miles from 2010's cumulative miles driven.

Regionally, vehicle travel increased in every region of the country with the largest gains being in the Northeast and North-Central regions, which both saw a 2.6 percent increase in travel. The South-Gulf had the smallest gain in travel with only a 0.1 percent increase (see chart below for details on all regions).

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
Region
December 2010
December 2011
Percent Change
Northeast
37,449
38,420
+2.6
South-Atlantic
52,127
52,764
+1.2
North-Central
53,354
54,760
+2.6
South-Gulf
45,271
45,291
+0.1
West
54,925
55,123
+0.4
Total
243,120
246,363
+1.3

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