(WASHINGTON) — Does it feel like more people are hitting the road lately? If so, it’s not your imagination. According to a new report by the Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. driving hit a new record in the first half of 2016.
The FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report shows that Americans drove 1.58 trillion miles between January and June, an increase of 3.3 percent from the first six months of 2015. To put that into perspective, the record distance is the equivalent of about 250 round trips from Earth to Pluto.
Regionally, the West had the biggest increase in traffic with 4.1 percent; the Northeast had the smallest at 2.4 percent.
Hawaii led the nation as the state with the highest increase in traffic at 8.6 percent.
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