Miles Driven Increased in April
June 27, 2013

by Jenna Reed,

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released the newest numbers for miles driven in April 2013, showing an overall increase of 1.2 percent, or 2.9 billion vehicle miles, from April 2012.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be around 251.1 billion vehicle miles, according to the report. Cumulative travel for 2013 has decreased at a rate of 0.3 percent, or -2.7 billion vehicle miles. So far, the cumulative estimate for the year is 941.4 billion vehicle miles.

With the exception of the North Central region, all other regions reported increases. The most notable increase occurred in the West region, with an increase of 2.7 percent from April 2012.

These numbers appear to reverse the trend saw in March and February, which showed a decline in miles driven.

See the chart for more information.

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)

Region April 2013 April 2012 Percent Change
Northeast 35,120 34,732 +1.1
South Atlantic 52,811 52,267 +1
North Central 55,680 55,777 -0.2
South Gulf 50,445 49,911 +1.1
West 57,078 55,573 +2.7
Total 251,137 248,261 +1.2


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