Miles Driven: October Numbers Show Americans Continue Mileage Increase Over 2020

Americans traveled 7.1% more on roads in October 2021 than in October 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

October 2021 saw 18.4 billion more vehicle miles logged than October 2020. Travel for October 2021 was approximately 277.5 billion vehicle miles.

Seasonally adjusted, 266.8 billion miles were traveled in October 2021, an increase of 7.9% or 19.6 billion vehicle miles over October 2020. This also represents a 0.5% increase in or 1.3 billion more vehicle miles compared to September 2021.

According to the FHA, cumulative travel in 2021 changed to 11.2% or 262.5 billion vehicle miles, and the estimated cumulative so far for the year is 2,613.1 billion vehicle miles.

All U.S. regions saw an increase in miles driven for October 2021 compared to October 2020. The largest increase was 8.1% in the South Atlantic with 62.2 billion vehicle miles. The West region saw an increase of 5.9% and 61.7 billion vehicle miles. The North Central’s 7.0% increase is for 60.7 billion vehicle miles. The Northeast region experienced an 8.0% increase and 36.6 billion vehicle miles. The South Gulf’s 56.3 billion vehicle miles is a 6.9% increase.

(In billions)

Region Total Travel Percentage Change 

Northeast

   36.6

              8.0

West

   61.7

              5.9

South Atlantic

   62.2

              8.1

North Central

   60.7

              7.0

South Gulf

   56.3

              6.9

 

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