The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released its last monthly report for 2014 on U.S. automobile traffic volumes, which indicates cumulative travel for the entire year increased slightly by 1.7 percent, or 50 billion vehicle miles traveled (VMT), in contrast to this time last year. U.S. driving also increased modestly in 2012 and 2013. Compared to December 2013, road travel is up 5 percent (11.9 billion vehicle miles) at 251.4 billion VMT for December 2014. Even with a historically bad winter, driving increased overall in 11 of the 12 months of 2014 for which auto data was collected.
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