May’s Miles Driven Surpasses Last Year’s Figures

Travel on all roads and streets continued its steady climb in May 2017, increasing 2.2 percent, or 5.9 billion vehicle miles, compared to May 2016, according to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration. Month over month, miles driven slightly decreased by .4 percent.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 281.2 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 1.7 percent, or 21.2 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,300.1 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth. The region representing the strongest growth was the West, up 3.2 percent.

Comparing month-over-month figures, all regions were up with the exception of the West. This region was down .4 percent. The strongest growth was in the Northeast, up 7.9 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

RegionMay 2017May 2016Percent Change
North East39,39138,8211.5
South Atlantic60,58059,1482.4
North Central62,42761,5211.5
South Gulf56,84055,7132
West61,98960,0863.2
Total281.2

(billions)

275.3

(billions)

2.2

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