Americans Drove More Than 3 Trillion Miles in '06

Preliminary data from the Federal Highway Administration show that Americans drove 3,033,753,000,000 miles in 2006, the most recent year for which statistics are available. This is the highest figure ever recorded for the nation and represents the 27th consecutive increase in surface transportation, an indicator of overall traffic congestion nationally. That figure is roughly double the total mileage traveled in 1980 and more than four times the total mileage traveled in 1957, the interstate system's first year of existence.

In 2006, drivers increased the total distance driven by 43.9 billion miles--the equivalent of nearly 6 trips to Pluto and back--over the previous year's totals.

Total vehicle registration, which indicates the total inventory of vehicles driving, increased slightly over the previous year to 244,165,686 vehicles, which includes motorcycles. This is the fourth consecutive year vehicle registration has increased and continues a trend broken only infrequently since 1900, the earliest year for which such data are available.

The data will be published in Highway Statistics 2006, an annual compilation of data reported to FHWA by all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. The Highway Statistics series, which consists of statistical data on motor fuel, motor vehicles, driver licensing, highway-user taxation, state and local government highway finance, has been produced each year since 1945. For information, visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue