Vehicle Travel Continues Upward Trend; August Miles Driven Up by 1.6 Percent over Previous Year
October 22, 2010

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

August
2009

August 2010

Percent Change

Northeast

39,935

40,714

+2.0

South Atlantic

54,138

54,539

+0.7

North Central

58,837

60,377

+2.6

South Gulf

51,646

52,474

+1.6

West

58,540

59,317

+1.3


Total

263,093

267,422

+1.6

Vehicle travel on the nation’s roadways rose 1.6 percent from August 2009 to August 2010, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. A total of 267.4 billion vehicle miles were driven during the month, compared with 263.1 billion vehicle miles driven during August 2009—a 4.3 billion increase.

This is the sixth consecutive month during which travel has risen this year over last year.

However, vehicle travel dropped 1.0 percent from July to August—travel totaled 270.0 billion vehicle-driven miles for the month of July.

Regionally, travel was up throughout the nation as well, with the greatest increase again in the North-Central region (see chart at right for more information)—which also topped the charts in July 2010.










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