Drivers Enjoyed the Roads in August

All road and street travel increased by 0.7%, or 2.1 billion vehicle miles, for August 2019, compared to August 2018, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven slightly decreased by a total of 0.01% compared to July 2019.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 288.1 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went up by 0.9%, or 19.5 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 2,169.1 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, every region saw an increase in its miles driven. The Northeast region had the largest increase, as its percentage rose by 1.3%. The South-Gulf region had the next highest percentage in its miles driven, as it increased by 0.5%. The South-Atlantic wasn’t too far behind, as it saw an increase of 0.3%, followed by the North-Central region which improved by 0.2%.

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
Northeast 41.1 1.3
South-Atlantic 60.5 0.3
North-Central 63.7 0.2
South-Gulf 58.9 0.5
West 63.8 1.6

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