Miles Driven: More Drivers Take to Road in March

Miles driven is up 3.9 percent in March, or 9.8 billion vehicle miles, compared with March 2014. The Federal Highway Administration a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation released the latest numbers this week.

Travel for the month of March is estimated to be 261.7 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.9 percent, up 26.9 billion vehicle miles. The estimate for the year is 720.1 billion vehicle miles.

Looking at month-over-month figures, two regions tied for the largest increase—the Northeast and South Atlantic. Each showed growth of 20.7 percent from February 2015. The region with the slightest incline was North Central, up 16.1 percent.

Comparing year-over-year figures, the largest growth came in the West, up 5.3 percent. The slightest growth was in the Northeast, up 1.3 percent.

Month-over-month figures in millions:

Region March 2015 (Preliminary) February 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 36,414 30,171 20.7
South Atlantic 56,989 47,214 20.7
North Central 56,824 48,959 16.1
South Gulf 53,080 44,993 18
West 58,365 49,801 17.2
Total 261,672 221,138 18.3

Year-over-year figures:

Region March 2015 (in millions) March 2014 (in millions) Percent Change
Northeast 36,414 35,936 1.3
South Atlantic 56,989 54,275 5
North Central 56,824 54,298 4.7
South Gulf 53,080 51,950 2.2
West 58,365 55,410 5.3
Total 261,672 251,870 3.9
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