Summer Traffic Trends Upward

Motorists took to the roads in numbers greater than last year, according to a recently released report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Travel on all U.S. roads went up 3.4 percent, or an increase of 9.3 billion miles, in August as compared to August 2015. Estimated travel for the month of August was estimated to be nearly 285 billion miles.

The seasonally adjusted miles traveled is also higher, at 2.5 percent more than August a year ago – but this year’s August travel is 0.8 percent less than July of this year. Motorists logged 2.2 billion miles in July.

Estimated miles by region are depicted in the chart below:

  • Estimated Vehicle-Miles of Travel by Region – August 2016 – (in Billions)
  • Change in Traffic as compared to same month last year.
Region Total Travel Percentage Change from 2015
Northeast 41.2 1.2
South-Atlantic 58.9 3.5
North-Central 63.6 2.1
South-Gulf 56.8 4.1
West 64.4 5.3

Source: Federal Highway Administration

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