Washington DC: US drivers increased by 14.5% in June. This is because rural driving has exceeded pre-COVID-19 levels and more Americans have returned to their offices or traveled for leisure.
The Federal Highway Authority said Wednesday that drivers drove 282.5 billion miles in June, 35.7 billion miles more than in June 2020, and overall travel returned to pre-pandemic levels.
In June 2019, American drivers recorded 284.5 billion miles.
For the first time since the pandemic began, rural driving exceeded pre-pandemic levels in June, while urban driving was slightly below 2019 levels.
Rural driving in June averaged 2.97 billion miles per day, up from 2.93 billion miles per day in June 2019. Meanwhile, urban driving averaged 6.45 billion miles per day, just below 6.55 billion miles per day in the same month of 2019.
During 2020, US road travel fell 13.2 percent to 2.83 trillion miles, the lowest annual total since 2001, and the current 12-month average driving average is 3 trillion miles.
The biggest surge in June was in the northeast, where mileage increased by 19.9%. This number also rose 17.5% in the west.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), US gasoline consumption is expected to average 8.8 million barrels per day in 2021 from 8 million barrels in 2020.
According to the EIA, gasoline consumption in the United States will be below 2019 levels throughout 2022 due to the large number of teleworkers.
US road travel surged 14.5% in June
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