Americans traveled 4.1% more on roads in January 2022 than in January 2021, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.
Seasonally adjusted, 274.4 billion miles were traveled in January 2022, an increase of 4.7% or 12.3 billion vehicle miles over January 2021. This also represents a decrease of 0.2% or 0.5 billion less vehicle miles than compared to December 2021.
According to the FHA, cumulative travel in 2022 changed by 4.1% or 9.5 billion vehicle miles, and the estimated cumulative so far for the year is 240.6 billion vehicle miles.
All U.S. regions saw an increase in miles driven for January 2022 compared to January 2021. The largest increase was 7.0% in the West with 53.4 billion vehicle miles. The Northeast region saw an increase of 2.7% and 30.3 billion vehicle miles. The South Atlantic’s 3.9% increase is for 54.9 billion vehicle miles. The North Central region experienced a 4.5% increase and 50.4 billion vehicle miles. The South Gulf’s 51.5 billion vehicle miles is a 2.0% increase.