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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – U.S. motorists drove 11.5% extra miles in July as driving practically matched pre-COVID ranges and extra People returned to places of work and took leisure journeys.
The Federal Freeway Administration stated Thursday motorists drove 290.1 billion miles in July, up 30 billion miles over June 2020 as general journey was practically again to pre-pandemic ranges. In July 2019, U.S. motorists logged 292.9 billion miles.
Rural driving in June and July surpassed pre-COVID ranges, whereas city driving has risen however has not but absolutely recovered. In July, U.S. motorists drove 95.6 billion miles on rural roads and 194.5 billion miles on city roads and streets. The largest improve was within the West in July, the place journey was up 13.1%.
For all of 2020, U.S. highway journey fell 13.2% to 2.83 trillion miles, the bottom yearly complete since 2001. The present 12-month shifting common is 3.03 trillion miles.
U.S. gasoline consumption is predicted to common 8.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2021, up from 8 million bpd in 2020, the Vitality Info Administration has stated.
Nonetheless, the EIA added U.S. gasoline consumption will stay beneath 2019 ranges by way of 2022 as a result of proliferation of individuals working from dwelling.
Site visitors deaths rose 7.2% in 2020 — hitting the very best yearly complete since 2007 — regardless of the decline in driving on account of impaired drivers, dashing, a failure to put on seats beats and different unsafe habits.
Earlier this month, the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) stated it estimated 8,730 folks died in automotive crashes within the first three months of 2021, up 10.5% over the identical interval in 2020, regardless of a 2.1% drop within the variety of miles pushed.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Enhancing by Lisa Shumaker)