AAA: Average American driver spends seven 40-hour weeks driving

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Motorists in the South and the Midwest drive more miles per year than those in the Northeast.

How many minutes a year do you spend behind the wheel each year?

Americans drive an average of more than 17,600 minutes a year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

“The amount of time the average driver spends behind the wheel each year is equivalent to seven 40-hour weeks at the office,” says Jurek Grabowski , the foundation’s research director. “It’s clear that traveling by car remains a central part of Americans’ lives.”

The American Driving Survey is the most current and comprehensive look at how much Americans drive on a daily and yearly basis. It revealed that Americans drove a total of 2.45 trillion miles last year, which is a 2.4 percent increase from 2014. Other survey findings show that:

  • On average, men report driving 2,314 more miles than women per year and spend 18 percent more time behind the wheel.
  • More than 86 percent of U.S. households have at least one car for every driver in the home and 28 percent report having more cars than drivers.
  • Seniors over the age of 75 drive fewer miles (5,840 annually) than teenagers (7,551 annually). Drivers ages 30-49 drive an average of 13,506 miles annually, more than any other age group.
  • Drivers who report living in rural areas drive more miles (13,029 annually) compared to drivers who live in cities or towns (10,571 annually).
  • Motorists in the Midwest and Southern regions drive more (11,295 miles annually) compared to those in the Northeast (9,328 miles annually).
  • More than 50 percent of miles driven by Americans are done in cars, followed by SUVs (20 percent), pickup trucks (17 percent) and vans (7.9 percent).
  • Over 66 percent of total driving trips and nearly 62 percent of total miles driven are done by drivers without a passenger in the vehicle. Women are 24 percent more likely than men to have a passenger in the vehicle on any given trip.
  • On average, Americans drive the most during the fall (October through December) at 31.5 miles daily and drive the least during the winter (January through March) at 26.2 miles daily.

“This survey is a good reminder for all drivers to avoid distractions while behind the wheel,” said Michele Harris, traffic safety consultant, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “With so much of our time spent in our vehicles, it’s important to stay fully focused with hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on the task of driving.”

 

 

 

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