May’s Miles Driven Surpasses Last Year’s Figures

Travel on all roads and streets continued its steady climb in May 2017, increasing 2.2 percent, or 5.9 billion vehicle miles, compared to May 2016, according to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration. Month over month, miles driven slightly decreased by .4 percent.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 281.2 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 1.7 percent, or 21.2 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,300.1 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth. The region representing the strongest growth was the West, up 3.2 percent.

Comparing month-over-month figures, all regions were up with the exception of the West. This region was down .4 percent. The strongest growth was in the Northeast, up 7.9 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region May 2017 May 2016 Percent Change
North East 39,391 38,821 1.5
South Atlantic 60,580 59,148 2.4
North Central 62,427 61,521 1.5
South Gulf 56,840 55,713 2
West 61,989 60,086 3.2
Total 281.2

(billions)

275.3

(billions)

2.2
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