Miles Driven Shows Steady Growth

Miles driven is up 3.9 percent in April 2015, or 10.25 billion vehicle miles, compared to April 2014. The Federal Highway Administration a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation released the latest numbers this week.

Travel for April is estimated to be 267.9 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.9 percent, or 36.9 billion vehicle miles, to 987.8 billion vehicle miles.

Looking at month-over-month figures, the North Central region showed the most growth, up 6.7 percent. The slightest increase was in the South Gulf, up 0.8 percent.

Comparing year-over-year figures, the largest growth came in the North Central region, up 5.2 percent. The slightest growth was in the Northeast region, up 2.4.

Month-over-month figures in millions:

Region April 2015 (Preliminary) March 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 36,961 36,416 1.5
South Atlantic 56,084 53,990 3.9
North Central 60,495 56,824 6.7
South Gulf 53,492 53,080 0.8
West 60,859 58,279 4.4
Total 267,893 261,589 2.4

Year-over-year figures:

Region April 2015 (in millions) April 2014 (in millions) Percent Change
Northeast 36,961 36,083 2.4
South Atlantic 56,084 53,962 3.9
North Central 60,495 57,508 5.2
South Gulf 53,492 51,669 3.5
West 60,859 58,494 4.0
Total 267,893 257,717 3.9
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