American motorists drove 11.5% more kilometers in July as driving was almost at pre-COVID levels and more Americans returned to their offices and took pleasure trips.
The Federal Highway Administration said Thursday that motorists traveled 290.1 billion kilometers in July, up 30 billion kilometers from June 2020, as global trips were almost back to pre-pandemic levels. In July 2019, American motorists traveled 292.9 billion kilometers.
Rural driving in June and July surpassed pre-COVID levels, while urban driving has increased but has not yet fully recovered. In July, American motorists traveled 95.6 billion kilometers on rural roads and 194.5 billion kilometers on urban roads and streets. The largest increase was recorded in the West in July, where travel increased 13.1%.
For 2020 as a whole, road trips in the United States fell 13.2% to 2.83 trillion miles, the lowest annual total since 2001. The current 12-month moving average is 3.03 trillions of miles.
Gasoline consumption in the United States is expected to average 8.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021, up from 8 million bpd in 2020, the Energy Information Administration said.
Still, the EIA added that gasoline consumption in the United States will remain below 2019 levels through 2022 due to the proliferation of people working from home.
Road fatalities rose 7.2% in 2020 – reaching the highest annual total since 2007 – despite the decline in driving due to impaired drivers, speeding, missing beats siege and other dangerous behavior.
Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it estimated 8,730 people died in car crashes in the first three months of 2021, up 10.5% from compared to the same period in 2020, despite a 2.1% drop in the number of kilometers. led.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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