Miles Driven Continues to Gain Momentum

Travel on all roads and streets continued to trend higher for December 2015, up 4.2 percent or 10.6 billion vehicle miles, compared to December 2014. This is according to the latest figures from The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 264.2 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for 2015 is up 3.5 percent, or up 107.2 billion vehicle miles. The cumulative estimate for the year is 3,147.8 billion vehicle miles.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth. The West showed the largest increase in miles driven, up 6.9 percent. This region was followed by the South Atlantic, which was up 4.4 percent.

From November 2015 to December 2015, all regions showed growth in miles driven. The largest increase was in the Northeast, up 9.9 percent. This region was followed by the North Central region, up 5.3 percent.

 Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region December 2015 December 2014 Percent Change
Northeast 38,622 37,542 +3.0
South Atlantic 54,945 52,629 +4.4
North Central 58,471 56,792 +3.0
South Gulf 50,523 49,052 +3.0
West 61,600 57,611 +6.9
Total 264,201 253,625 +4.2


Month-over-month figures in millions:

Region December 2015 (Preliminary) November 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 38,662 35,175 +9.9
South Atlantic 54,945 53,370 +3.0
North Central 58,471 55,514 +5.3
South Gulf 50,523 49,989 +1.0
West 61,600 59,026 +4.4
Total 264,201 253,073 +4.4

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