July’s Miles Driven Exceeds Last Year’s Figures

Travel on all roads and streets increased slightly in July 2017, increasing .8 percent, or 2.2 billion vehicle miles, compared to July 2016, according to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration. Month-over-month miles driven also increased by .5 percent. 

Travel for the month is estimated to be 283.6 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 1.5 percent, or 26.8 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,864.6 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 2 percent.

Comparing month-over-month figures, four regions showed growth. The region representing the strongest growth was the South Atlantic, up 3.2 percent. Conversely, the South Gulf experienced a decrease in travel of .06 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region July 2017 July 2016 Percent Change
North East 39,788 39,694 0.2
South Atlantic 60,660 60,412 0.4
North Central 63,912 63,630 0.4
South Gulf 55,946 55,595 0.6
West 63,263 62,047 2.0
Total 283.6

(billions)

281.3

(billions)

0.8
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