Americans drove 2.9 trillion miles in 2010

Highway Traffic

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans are driving a lot more than before. In the latest ‘Traffic Volume Trends’ by the Department of Transportation, it is estimated that Americans drove a total of 2.9 trillion miles in 2010.

That’s a 0.7 percent increase or an increase of 20.5 billion more miles than 2009. It also marks the most miles traveled since 2007.

The South Gulf section, which consists of 8 states between Texas and Kentucky, showed the largest change in numbers of miles logged by drivers. That region accounted for 46.6 billion miles in Dec. 2010 or a 1.4 percent increase compared to the previous Dec. The neighboring ‘South Atlantic’ region (Florida to Delaware) showed a 0.4 percent decrease or about 214 million miles less compared to December 2009.

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said that the increase in traffic “demonstrates why we need to repair the [nation’s] roads and bridges.”

For some good news: Even with the increase of miles being traveled by U.S. drivers, traffic fatalities and injuries in the country are the lowest since 1950.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: US DOT, Consumer Reports