FHWA report: Americans driving more than ever before

| Friday, August 21, 2015

An improving economy and fuel prices at a six-year low are the perfect ingredients for more driving on the roads. U.S. driving reached a record high of 1.54 trillion miles in the first half of 2015, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Americans are driving more than they were at this time in 2007 when the former record was set at 1.5 trillion miles. Since 1981, U.S. drivers have more than doubled their mileage during the same period.

In June alone, 275.13 billion miles were traveled, the most in June in any year in the past. Americans have increased the amount they drive for 16 consecutive months now.

The North Central region drove the most in June with 63.1 billion miles traveled, followed by the West region at 62 billion miles.

Truck tonnage index for June was 132.1, a 0.6 decrease when compared with May. The index peaked at 134.1 in November 2014, and bottomed out at 97.3 in April 2000.

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