Americans are spending more time than ever behind the wheel

Since 2014, Americans have collectively increased the amount of time spent behind the wheel. On Wednesday,  AAA, reported the results of a study showing that Americans spend 20 more minutes on average driving than they did in 2014.

Americans spent 70 billion hours driving in 2017, the latest year when data was available. The average number of miles driven also increased 5.4 percent, from 29.9 miles to 31.5 miles. On average, Americans clock 11,498 miles annually. The data further shows the typical American spends about 52 minutes driving daily. That figure is also up from 2014, when it was 48 minutes. The number of trips, once again, increased to 2.22 trips per day compared to 2.16 trips in 2014.

Despite reports of Americans falling out of love with the idea of driving, the number of active drivers also increased in the three-year time span. In 2014, AAA estimated 222.2 million drivers were on the roads; in 2017, the figure grew to 225.8 million drivers.