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December 2012 Traffic Volume Trends

  • Travel on all roads and streets changed by -2.9% (-7.0 billion vehicle miles) for December 2012 as compared with December 2011.
  • Travel for the month is estimated to be 236.3 billion vehicle miles.
  • Cumulative Travel for 2012 changed by 0.3% (9.1 billion vehicle miles).
  • Cumulative estimate for the year is 2,938.5 billion vehicle miles of travel.

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  • Estimated Vehicle-Miles of Travel by Region - December 2012 - (in Billions)
  • Change in Traffic as compared to same month last year.
Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 35.9 -4.6
South-Atlantic 49.2 -3.0
North-Central 53.0 -3.4
South-Gulf 45.1 -0.7
West 53.1 -2.8


  • All data for this month are preliminary. Revised values for the previous month are shown in Tables 1 and 2.
  • All vehicle-miles of travel computed with 2010 Table VM-2 as a base.
  • Compiled with data on hand as of February 7, 2013.
  • Some historical data were revised based on HPMS and amended TVT data as of December 2009.
  • For information on total licensed drivers in the U.S. visit Select the year of interest then Section III (Driver Licensing).
  • For information on total registered motor vehicles in the U.S., visit Select the year of interest and Section II (Motor Vehicles).
  1. Travel Trends (December 2012)
  2. Individual Monthly Motor Vehicle Travel in the U.S. for December 2012
  3. Changes on Rural Arterial Roads by Region and State
  4. Changes on Urban Arterial Roads by Region and State
  5. Changes on All Estimated Roads by Region and State
  6. Volume Trends – Rural
  7. Volume Trends – Urban
  8. Figure 1 – Moving 12-Month Total on All Highways
  9. Figure 2 – Travel on U.S. Highways By Month


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