December 2014 Miles Driven Up 5 Percent

The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released the newest numbers for miles driven in December 2014. They show an increase of 5 percent, or 11.9 billion vehicle miles, compared to December 2013.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 251.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for 2014 is up 1.7 percent, or 50 billion vehicle miles. The cumulative estimate for the year is 3,015.6 billion vehicle miles.

Comparing month-over-month figures, the Northeast showed the largest increase at 9.8 percent. The South Gulf showed the slightest increase at 1.5 percent.

Looking at year-over-year figures, the South Gulf showed the largest increase at 6.4 percent. The West showed the slightest increase, up 3.3 percent.

Month-over-month figures:

Region December 2014 (Preliminary) November 2014 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 37,076 33,756 9.8
South Atlantic 52,427 50,847 3.1
North Central 55,813 52,686 6.0
South Gulf 49,124 48,412 1.5
West 56,940 55,329 3.0
Total 251,381 241,030 4.3

Year-over-year figures:

Region December 2014 (in millions) December 2013 (in millions) Percent Change
Northeast 37,076 35,308 5.0
South Atlantic 52,427 50,354 4.1
North Central 55,813 52,520 6.3
South Gulf 49,124 46,178 6.4
West 56,940 55,111 3.3
Total 251,381 239,471 5.0

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