U.S. Drivers Taking to Highways in Record Numbers

Americans love highway driving.

The latest traffic trends data from the Federal Highway Administration shows a steady trend in highway traffic – and locality doesn’t seem to matter. Both urban and rural highways showed increases in traffic in the FHWA latest report issued, which includes traffic trends through the end of August.

Drivers logged 6.28 billion miles on urban highways alone in August according to the report, as compared to 6.08 billion miles a year ago. The August result is also up from the same month in 2014 – 5.92 billion miles.

urbanhighwayRural highways saw a similar, if slightly more modest increase. August data showed drivers logged 2.91 billion miles on rural highways, as compared to 2.83 billion last August and 2.77 billion miles in August 2014.

rural-highwayCumulative travel for 2016 grew by 3.1 percent, or 65.3 billion vehicle miles, according to FHWA. The agency’s cumulative estimate for the year is 2,152.4 billion vehicle miles of travel.

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