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Americans Driving Farther – But Dying Faster – on U.S. Highways

Motorists clock record 3.15 trillion miles in 2015.

by on Mar.31, 2016

Americans set a new record for driving in 2015 with 3.15 trillion miles traveled.

Americans drove more than ever last year, clocking a record 3.148 trillion miles behind the wheel, according to new data from the Federal Highway Administration – but it appears that they’re also dying in larger numbers, with preliminary crash data showing a sharp reversal of a decade-long downward trend in highway fatalities.

The jump in the number of miles Americans are driving comes at a time of increased economic activity, particularly in the auto industry, which sold a record 17.5 million vehicles last year, a 5.7% increase over 2014. And while many observers had expected the numbers to flatten out this year, demand has maintained a torrid pace.

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Exactly why Americans are driving more is unclear, however, Federal Highway Administration spokesman Doug Hecox telling the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “We just know there are more cars out there and they’re going farther.” (more…)

Americans Driving More than Ever

U.S. drivers getting behind the wheel more and more.

by on Aug.24, 2015

Americans set a new record for most miles driven for the the first six months of the year.

In recent years, there has been plenty of speculation that Americans may be turning off the ignition switch. As telecommuting has become more popular and population of urban centers as diverse as Chicago and Portland have boomed, there’s been plenty of anecdotal evidence to lend credence to those assertions

But an updated report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) scuttles those thought. U.S. residents have driven a record number of miles in the first half of 2015. American drivers have traveled 1.54 trillion miles between January and June, topping a previous record of 1.5 trillion miles that was set in 2007, according to the feds.

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The figure is more than double the number of miles driven by U.S. residents in 1981, according to the agency. (more…)