Americans Spending More Time Behind the Wheel

AAA Survey Says We Drive 11,498 Miles on Average Annually

Joe DeStio
February 27, 2019 - 4:32 pm
Americans are spending more time behind the wheel, driving more miles, and taking more trips according to a new survey by the Triple A.
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – Americans are spending more time behind the wheel, driving more miles, and taking more trips according to a new survey by AAA.

Seventy billion hours driving, that’s an eight percent increase since 2014, says the auto club.

“Several factors could be contributing to the increase in time spent behind the wheel, such as higher vehicle ownership and lower gas prices,” says Mark Sisson, vice president of insurance for AAA East Central.

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The American Driving Survey says the number of trips every day now averages 2.22. Minutes spent driving every day now stands at 51, up from 48 in 2014. The average American now drives 11,498 miles a year.

The survey finds men spend 19 percent more time behind the wheel than women and drive 27 percent more miles. People who are married or live with a partner spent 12 percent more time behind the wheel than those who are single. And older Americans (75+) now spend nearly 35 minutes a day behind the wheel, up 23 percent from 2014.

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