How Many Miles Did Americans Drive in May?

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Miles driven continues to climb month over month and year over year. Miles driven for May 2015 is up 2.7 percent, or up 7.3 billion vehicle miles, compared to May 2014. The Federal Highway Administration a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation released the latest numbers this week.

Travel for May is estimated to be 275.1 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.4 percent, or 42.0 billion vehicle miles. The annual estimate is 1,261.5 billion vehicle miles.

Looking at month-over-month figures, the Northeast showed the most growth, up 8.2 percent. The only region to show a decline from April 2015 was the West, down 2 percent.

Comparing year-over-year figures, the largest growth was in the South Atlantic region, up 3.4 percent. This region was followed in growth by the West, up 3.2 percent. No region showed a year-over-year decline in miles driven.

Month-over-month figures in millions:

Region May 2015 (Preliminary) April 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 39,992 36,956 8.2
South Atlantic 58,450 56,084 4.2
North Central 62,004 59,936 3.5
South Gulf 54,916 53,354 3.0
West 59,751 60,859 -2.0
Total 275,115 267,192 3.0

Year-over-year figures:

Region May 2015 (in millions) May 2014 (in millions) Percent Change
Northeast 39,992 39,112 2.2
South Atlantic 58,450 56,554 3.4
North Central 62,004 61,005 1.6
South Gulf 54,916 53,298 3.0
West 59,751 57,889 3.2
Total 275,115 267,192 2.7
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