Drivers Hit the Road in July

All road and street travel increased by 1.7%, or 4.9 billion vehicle miles, for July 2019, compared to July 2018, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven barely increased by a total of 0.07% compared to June 2019.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 294.3 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went up by 0.9%, or 17.3 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,881 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, every region saw sharp increases in its miles driven. The West region saw the largest increase, as its percentage rose by 2.6%. The South-Atlantic region had the next highest percentage in its miles driven, as it increased by 1.8%. The Northeast saw an increase of 1.7%, followed by the North-Central region which improved by 1.3%. The South-Gulf region also increased its miles driven, it went up by 1.1%.

The chart below was provided by the FHA and features year-over-year figures in billions:

Region 2019 Total Travel in Billions Percentage Change From 2018
North-East 40.9 1.7
South-Atlantic 63.0 1.8
North-Central 67.0 1.3
South-Gulf 58.9 1.1
West 64.6 2.6


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