Miles Driven Shows All Regions Decline in Latest Report

All road and street travel in the U.S. decreased by 11.3%, or 28.4 billion vehicle miles, for January 2021, compared to January 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 223.3 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went down by 11.3%, or 28.4 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 223.3 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 16.2%. The North-Central region had the next highest percentage decrease in its miles driven, as it went down by 11.8%. The West region had a decrease of 11.2%. The South-Atlantic region saw a decrease of 11.1% when compared to the same time period last year. The South-Gulf region went down by 7.9% when compared to its 2020 results during the same time period.

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

Region

2021 Total Travel in Billions of Miles

Percentage Change from 2020

Northeast

27.3

-16.2

South-Atlantic

51.0

-11.1

North-Central

50.1

-11.8

South-Gulf

48.3

-7.9

West

46.6

-11.2

 

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