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Highway Statistics 2017


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Annual Vehicle Distance Traveled in Miles and Related Data - 2017 (1)
   by Highway Category and Vehicle Type

Revised: March 2019
Table VM-1

YEAR ITEM LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES
SHORT WB 2/
MOTOR-
CYCLES
BUSES LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES
LONG WB 2/
SINGLE-UNIT
TRUCKS 3/
COMBINATION
TRUCKS
SUBTOTALS ALL
MOTOR
VEHICLES
ALL
LIGHT DUTY
VEHICLES 2/
SINGLE-UNIT
2-AXLE 6-TIRE
OR MORE AND
COMBINATION
TRUCKS
  Motor-Vehicle Travel: (millions of vehicle-miles)
2017 Interstate Rural 142,445 1,128 1,775 44,928 10,103 52,171 187,373 62,274 252,550
2016 139,460 1,095 1,740 44,086 9,905 50,430 183,546 60,335 246,716
2017 Other Arterial Rural 228,664 2,661 2,109 92,175 16,814 29,970 320,839 46,784 372,393
2016 226,036 2,633 2,116 91,655 16,371 28,794 317,691 45,164 367,605
2017 Other Rural 213,923 2,728 1,986 88,419 16,563 14,644 302,342 31,207 338,262
2016 212,457 2,856 1,946 90,026 15,563 12,375 302,483 27,939 335,224
2017 All Rural 585,032 6,517 5,870 225,522 43,480 96,785 810,554 140,265 963,206
2016 577,954 6,583 5,802 225,768 41,839 91,599 803,721 133,439 949,545
2017 Interstate Urban 400,339 2,596 2,628 99,803 18,617 43,228 500,142 61,844 567,210
2016 392,838 2,939 2,542 99,523 18,555 41,991 492,361 60,546 558,388
2017 Other Urban 1,235,430 11,036 8,730 331,253 54,006 41,478 1,566,682 95,483 1,681,932
2016 1,220,973 10,923 8,006 332,663 52,944 40,966 1,553,636 93,910 1,666,475
2017 All Urban 1,635,769 13,632 11,358 431,056 72,622 84,705 2,066,824 157,328 2,249,142
2016 1,613,810 13,862 10,548 432,186 71,499 82,958 2,045,997 154,456 2,224,863
2017 Total Rural and Urban 5/ 2,220,801 20,149 17,227 656,578 116,102 181,490 2,877,378 297,593 3,212,347
2016 2,191,764 20,445 16,350 657,954 113,338 174,557 2,849,718 287,895 3,174,408
2017 Number of motor vehicles registered 2/ 193,672,370 8,715,204 983,231 56,880,878 9,336,998 2,892,218 250,553,248 12,229,216 272,480,899
2016 192,774,508 8,679,380 976,161 54,870,473 8,746,518 2,752,043 247,644,981 11,498,561 268,799,083
2017 Average miles traveled per vehicle 11,467 2,312 17,521 11,543 12,435 62,751 11,484 24,335 11,789
2016 11,370 2,356 16,749 11,991 12,958 63,428 11,507 25,037 11,810
2017 Person-miles of travel 4/ (millions) 3,709,919 23,382 365,220 1,106,303 116,102 181,490 4,816,223 297,593 5,502,417
2016 3,699,794 23,725 346,610 1,075,234 113,338 174,557 4,775,028 287,895 5,433,258
2017 Fuel consumed (thousand gallons) 91,712,165 458,429 2,350,323 37,466,749 15,599,855 30,363,561 129,178,914 45,963,416 177,951,081
2016 91,487,810 465,802 2,225,795 37,818,755 15,338,479 29,554,641 129,306,565 44,893,120 176,891,283
2017 Average fuel consumption per vehicle (gallons) 474 53 2,390 659 1,671 10,498 516 3,758 653
2016 475 54 2,280 689 1,754 10,739 522 3,904 658
2017 Average miles traveled per gallon of fuel consumed 24.2 44.0 7.3 17.5 7.4 6.0 22.3 6.5 18.1
2016 24.0 43.9 7.3 17.4 7.4 5.9 22.0 6.4 17.9

1/ The FHWA estimates national trends by using State reported Highway Performance and Monitoring System (HPMS) data, fuel consumption data (MF-21 and MF-27), vehicle registration data (MV-1, MV-9, and MV-10), other data such as the R. L. Polk vehicle data, and a host of modeling techniques.

2/ Light Duty Vehicles Short WB - passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles with a wheelbase (WB) equal to or less than 121 inches.  Light Duty Vehicles Long WB - large passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and sport/utility vehicles with wheelbases (WB) larger than 121 inches.  All Light Duty Vehicles - passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles regardless of wheelbase.

3/ Single-Unit - single frame trucks that have 2-Axles and at least 6 tires or a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 10,000 lbs.

4/  For 2016, vehicle occupancy is estimated by the FHWA from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) and the annual RL Polk Vehicle registration data; For 2017, vehicle occupancy is estimated by the FHWA from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) and the annual RL Polk Vehicle registration data; For  single unit truck and heavy trucks, 1 motor vehicle miles traveled = 1 person-miles traveled.

5/ VMT data are based on the latest HPMS data available; it may not match previous published results.

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