Gasoline consumption in the U.S. has increased by 2.6 percent from January – May 2015 when compared to the same time period last year, according to a recent report released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Sept. 15.
All five geographic regions saw growth during this time period, with the South Atlantic area seeing the largest increase—3.5 percent—of gasoline consumption growth. The FHWA report, “Monthly Motor Fuel Reported by States”, includes highway use, nonhighway use and losses as reported by wholesale distributors to their state motor fuel tax agencies.
The increase in U.S. gasoline consumption coincides with an increase in vehicle-miles traveled, reported by FHWA in its monthly “Traffic Volume Trends” report. The most recent report, released Aug. 20, reveals the nation’s driving for the first half of the year topped 1.54 trillion miles, beating the previous record of 1.5 trillion miles set in June 2007. Vehicle-miles traveled has steadily increased for 16 consecutive months.