Decreases For Miles Driven in Every Region in Latest Report

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 25.5%, or 72.9 billion vehicle miles, for May 2020, compared to May 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven went up by 24.1% when compared to April 2020. Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 213.2 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went down by 17.3%, or 227.2 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,087 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all of the regions saw decreases in its miles driven. The Northeast region had the largest decrease, as its percentage went down by 33.4%. The North-Central region had the next highest percentage decrease in its miles driven, as it went down by 26.3%. The South-Atlantic wasn’t too far behind the North-Central region, as it decreased by 26.1% when compared to the same time period last year. The West went down by 24.3%, meanwhile, the South-Gulf region went down by 19.8%.

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

Region

2020 Total Travel in Billions

Percentage Change from 2019

Northeast

26.8

-33.4

South-Atlantic

47.9

-26.1

North-Central

46.2

-26.3

South-Gulf

46.0

-19.8

West

46.3

-24.3

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