Miles Driven Shows Less Drivers are Getting Behind The Wheel

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 10.3%, or 28.1 billion vehicle miles, for December 2020, compared to December 2019, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 244.1 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went down by 13.2%, or 430.2 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 2,829.7 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 15.2%. The North-Central region had the next highest percentage decrease in its miles driven, as it went down by 11.9%. The West region had a decrease of 11.2%. The South-Atlantic region saw a decrease of 9.2% when compared to the same time period last year. The South-Gulf region went down by 5.4% when compared to its 2019 results during the same time period.

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

Region

2020 Total Travel in Billions of Miles

Percentage Change from 2019

Northeast

31.7

-15.2

South-Atlantic

54.2

-9.2

North-Central

52.4

-11.9

South-Gulf

50.9

-5.4

West

54.9

-11.2

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