Miles Driven: Report Shows Americans Continue Mileage Increase Over 2020

Americans traveled 8.3% more on roads in August 2021 than in August 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

August 2021 saw 21 billion more vehicle miles logged than August 2020. Travel for August 2021 was approximately 273.8 billion vehicle miles.

Seasonally adjusted, 261.1 billion miles were traveled in August 2021, an increase of 8.5% or 20.4 billion vehicle miles over August 2020. This also represents a 2% decrease in or 5.2 billion less vehicle miles compared to July 2021.

According to the FHA, cumulative travel in 2021 changed 12.2% or 224.4 billion vehicle miles, and the estimated cumulative so far for the year is 2,068.8 billion vehicle miles.

All U.S. regions saw an increase in miles driven for August 2021 compared to August 2020. The largest increase was 10% in the South Atlantic with 59.2 billion vehicle miles. The West region saw an increase of 8.4% and 60.2 billion vehicle miles. The North Central’s 7.3% increase is for 60.5 billion vehicle miles. The Northeast region experienced an 8.4% increase and 37.7 billion vehicle miles. The South Gulf’s 56.1 billion vehicle miles is a 7.5% increase.

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