Roadway Travel Declines Slightly in April

With Independence Day right around the corner, updated travel numbers show the amount of miles driven decreased slightly in April. All road and street travel had a minor reduction, decreasing by 0.2 percent, or 0.5 billion vehicle miles, compared to April 2017, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven increased by 0.1 percent (0.3 billion vehicle miles) compared to March 2018.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 272.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up by 0.2 percent, or 2.0 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,013.8 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, the South–Gulf and West regions showed growth. There was 0.6 percent growth for the South-Gulf and 1.3 percent growth for the West. The North-East and North-Central regions decreased in their percentages. The North-East declined by 0.7 percent while the North-Central region decreased by 1.8 percent.

Year-over-year figures in billions:


Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 36.2 -0.7
South-Atlantic 58.9 -0.4
North-Central 59.5 -1.8
South-Gulf 55.3 0.6
West 62.6 1.3

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