Miles Driven Continue to Head Upward

Travel on all roads and streets continued its upward rise in October, up 2.4 percent, or 6.4 billion vehicle miles, for October 2015 compared to October 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 October is estimated to be 273.5 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.4 percent, or 86.5 billion vehicle miles. The cumulative estimate for the year is 2,630.7 billion vehicle miles.

Month over month, miles driven were up 5.3 percent. The West showed the largest increase, up 4.7 percent, followed by the South-Atlantic, up 2.4 percent.

Month-over-month figures in millions:

Region September 2015 (Preliminary) October 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 38,552 38,365 -0.5
South Atlantic 53,141 57,622 +8.4
North Central 60,276 61,908 +2.7
South Gulf 52,010 53,625 +3.1
West 55,737 62,015 +11.3
Total 259,717 273,530 +5.4

 Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region October 2014 October 2015 Percent Change
Northeast 38,147 38,365 +0.6
South Atlantic 56,274 57,622 +2.4
North Central 60,907 61,908 +1.6
South Gulf 52,623 53,625 +1.9
West 59,206 62,015 +4.7
Total 267,153 273,530 +2.4
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