Drivers Hit the Road in May

All road and street travel improved by 1%, or 3 billion vehicle miles, for May 2019, compared to May 2018, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven decreased by 0.6% compared to April 2019.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 286.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went up by 1.0%, or 13.3 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,307 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all but one of the regions saw an increase in its miles driven. The South-Atlantic saw the most improvement, as its percentage improved by 3.2%. The West region increased by 1.5%. The Northeast saw an increase of 0.8%, followed by the South-Gulf region which remained the same. The North-Central region declined by 0.3%.

Year-over-year figures in billions:

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 40.1 0.8
South-Atlantic 63.3 3.2
North-Central 63.5 -0.3
South-Gulf 57.6 0.0
West 61.9 1.5

 

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