Drivers Got Behind the Wheel in August

Updated travel numbers show drivers have been behind the wheel more often because the amount of miles driven increased in August. All road and street travel improved by 1.2 percent, or 3.5 billion vehicle miles, compared to August 2017, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven decreased by 0.4 percent (0.1 billion vehicle miles) compared to July 2018.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 286.7 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went up by 0.4 percent, or 8.4 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 2,155.2 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions saw an increase in its miles driven. The South-Gulf saw the most improvement, its percentage grew by 2.3 percent. Meanwhile, the West was not far behind, it increased by 1.8 percent. Another notable increase can be seen with the South-Atlantic, it improved by 1.1 percent. Both the Northeast and North-Central regions saw marginal growth with a 0.1 percent change for the North-East and an increase of 0.5 percent for the North-Central region.

Year-over-year figures in billions:

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
Northeast 40.8 0.1
South-Atlantic 60.3 1.1
North-Central 63.7 0.5
South-Gulf 58.5 2.3
West 63.3 1.8


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