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Miles Driven Dropped 5.3 Percent from November 2007 to November 2008

Travel during November 2008 on all roads and streets in the United States dropped 5.3 percent from November 2007 at an estimated total of 230.4 billion vehicle-driven miles, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal High Administration (FHA). This shows a 12.9 billion vehicle-driven mile drop from 2008.

Despite a continued drop in fuel prices during the fall months and the advent of the holiday season, November 2008 travel was down 5.9 percent from October 2008-during which 249.7 billion miles were driven.

When broken down by region, miles driven compared to November 2007 continued to drop in all regions during November 2008.

Estimated Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

Region Total Miles Traveled in Nov. 2007 Total Miles Traveled in Nov. 2008 Percentage Change
Northeast 36,035 34,334 -4.7
South-Atlantic 51,264 48,142 -6.1
North-Central 53,501 50,650 -5.3
South-Gulf 46,880 45,214 -3.6
West 55,598 52,064 -6.4
Total 243,280 230,403 -5.3

For cumulative miles driven throughout the year, current numbers continued to decrease from 2007 by 3.7 percent. In November 2007, 2,758.3 billion cumulative vehicle miles had been driven, while during 2008, only 2,656.2 billion cumulative miles had been driven as of the end of November.

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