Drivers Kept Their Feet on the Gas in July

Updated travel numbers show the amount of miles driven increased in July. All road and street travel went up by 0.3 percent, or 0.8 billion vehicle miles, compared to July 2017, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven improved by 0.3 percent (0.8 billion vehicle miles) compared to June 2018.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 288.1 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year increased by 0.3 percent, or 5.1 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,868.7 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions except for the South-Atlantic grew. The West saw a terrific improvement by growing 0.8 percent. Meanwhile, the South-Gulf was not too far behind, increasing by 0.7 percent. Both the North-East and North-Central regions saw marginal growth with a 0.1 percent change. The South-Atlantic dipped down in roadway travel by 0.4 percent.

Year-over-year figures in billions:

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 40.1 0.1
South-Atlantic 61.3 -0.4
North-Central 65.7 0.1
South-Gulf 57.8 0.7
West 63.4 0.8


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