U.S. Drivers Decrease Miles Driven in July and August Compared to Last Year
November 22, 2011

Vehicle travel on the nation's roadways dropped 2.5 percent in July 2011 and 1.7 percent in August 2011, compared with the same months of the previous year. The number of miles driven dropped from 268.5 billion to 261.8 billion for July 2011 and from 267.6 billion to 263 billion for August 2011, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

June travel had dropped 1.4 percent from the previous year.

Vehicle travel by region followed suit, with drops occurring throughout the United States. The greatest decrease, however, was seen in July in the South Gulf, North Central and South Atlantic regions, which bottomed out at a 2.7 percent decrease in travel from last year.

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
Region July 2010 July 2011 % Change
Northeast 40,044 39,157 -2.2
South Atlantic 57,258 55,695 -2.7
North Central 62,206 60,523 -2.7
South Gulf 50,472 49,115 -2.7
West 58,567 57,312 -2.1
Total 268,542 261,800 -2.5
Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
Region August 2010 August 2011 % Change
Northeast 40,238 39,338 -2.2
South Atlantic 56,473 55,306 -2.1
North Central 61,173 60,149 -1.7
South Gulf 50,887 50,029 -1.7
West 58,878 58,180 -1.2
Total 267,648 263,003 -1.7

What are your predictions for the Thanksgiving holiday? Do you see consumers hitting the road to visit relatives? What are your plans? Please email pstacey@glass.com.

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