Vehicle Miles Traveled or VMT ticks up again in 2019

Driving mileage in the United States climbed by just under 0.9 percent in 2019. On a per capita basis, the increase was just under 0.6 percent. The VMT figures come from FHWA’s latest Travel Volume Trends release.

The per capita figure is 2 percent below the peak historic driving rate, set in 2004. But the overall growth represents a continuing challenge to greenhouse gas reduction efforts, undercutting improvements from vehicle efficiency and electrification.