Drivers Slowing Down In November

Updated travel numbers show drivers have been behind the wheel more often than not because the amount of miles driven increased in November 2018. All road and street travel improved by 0.3 percent, or 0.8 billion vehicle miles, compared to November 2017, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven decreased by 0.5 percent (1.4 billion vehicle miles) compared to October 2018.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 258.5 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went up by 0.3 percent, or 10.3 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 2,956.4 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, most regions saw an increase in its miles driven. The West saw the most improvement, its percentage grew by 2 percent. The South-Atlantic increased by 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, the South-Gulf saw a slight increase of 0.1 percent. Both the Northeast and North-Central regions saw decreases in its miles driven. The North-East decreased by 0.8 percent and the North-Central region decreased by 0.5 percent.

Year-over-year figures in billions:

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 34.9 -0.8
South-Atlantic 56.4 0.3
North-Central 55.1 -0.5
South-Gulf 51.7 0.1
West 60.5 2.0

 

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