Miles Driven Growth Streak Continues

Travel on all roads and streets was up 2.3 percent, or 6.3 billion vehicle miles, for August 2015 compared to August 2014. This is according to the latest numbers from The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Miles driven for August 2015 is estimated to be 277.3 vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.4 percent, or 69.6 billion vehicle miles, to 2,097.6 billion vehicle miles.

Month-over-month, miles driven were down 2.3 percent. The South Atlantic region showed the largest decline, down 5.2 percent. The only increase came in the Northeast, up 0.8 percent month-over-month.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth. The largest increase was in the South Gulf, up 3.0 percent. The South Atlantic region was close behind, up 2.9 percent.

Month-over-month figures in millions:

Region August 2015 (Preliminary) July 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 41,162 40,803 0.8
South Atlantic 56,509 59,452 -5.2
North Central 62,449 65,210 -4.4
South Gulf 55,483 55,850 -0.7
West 61,675 62,424 -1.2
Total 277,278 283,740 -2.3

 Year-over-year figures:

Region August 2015 (in millions) August 2014 (in millions) Percent Change
Northeast 41,162 40,351 2.0
South Atlantic 56,509 54,932 2.9
North Central 62,449 61,522 1.5
South Gulf 55,483 53,848 3.0
West 61,675 60,365 2.2
Total 277,278 271,018 2.3
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