Miles Driven: December Mileage Shows Decrease from Previous Month in 2021

Americans traveled 11.2% more on roads in December 2021 than in December 2020, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) most recent numbers.

December 2021 saw 26.9 billion more vehicle miles logged than December 2020. Travel for December 2021 was approximately 268.4 billion vehicle miles.


Seasonally adjusted, 278.3 billion miles were traveled in December 2021, an increase of 10.7% or 26.9 billion vehicle miles over December 2020. This also represents a decrease of 0.4% or 1.1 billion less vehicle miles than compared to November 2021.

According to the FHA, cumulative travel in 2021 changed by 11.2% or 325.2 billion vehicle miles, and the estimated cumulative so far for the year is 3,228.8 billion vehicle miles.

All U.S. regions saw an increase in miles driven for December 2021 compared to December 2020. The largest increase was 15.3% in the Northeast with 34.9 billion vehicle miles. The West region saw an increase of 10.5% and 56.8 billion vehicle miles. The South Atlantic’s 11.5% increase is for 60.8 billion vehicle miles. The North Central region experienced a 10.8% increase and 56.8 billion vehicle miles. The South Gulf’s 59.1 billion vehicle miles is a 9.4% increase.

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