Road Travel Continued Increasing in March

As drivers are set to hit the road today for the long holiday weekend, the latest travel numbers show that the amount of miles driven continues to increase. All road and street travel marginally increased in March 2018, increasing 0.5 percent, or 1.4 billion vehicle miles, compared to March 2017, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent figures. Month-over-month miles driven increased by 0.1 percent (0.2 billion vehicle miles) compared with February 2018.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 268.7 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 0.3 percent, or 2.5 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 741.4 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, only the South–Gulf region showed growth, up 1.3 percent. The West and North Central regions maintained their percentages, neither increasing nor decreasing.

Year-over-year figures in billions:


Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 34.9 0.3
South-Atlantic 60.2 0.9
North-Central 57.4 0.0
South-Gulf 56.8 1.3
West 59.5 0.0


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