By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

American motorists returned to the road at a record pace in February after digging out from late January snowstorms in large swaths of the country, according to the latest data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The total 232.2 billion miles was the most for any February and up 5.6 percent from a year earlier. The mileage data is consistent with other government reports showing increased fuel sales.

U.S. road travel reached an annual record 3.148 trillion miles in 2015, roaring past the previous one-year high of 3.049 trillion miles set in 2007.

FHWA’s so-called “vehicle miles traveled” estimates include passenger vehicle, bus, and truck travel.