With record sales volumes came record miles traveled by the US drivers last year, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
Data gathered by the Federal Highway Administration shows that US drivers made some longer than ever journeys last year, traveling a record 3.148 trillion miles. This impressive figure is not coming as a surprise, as the US auto industry reached its highest point ever in 2015, with 17.5 million vehicles sales. Americans drove further also stimulated by the low gas prices, as the US finished 2015 averaging 2.40 dollars per gallon for regular, compared to 3.34 dollars in 2014 and 3.49 dollars in 2013. The only time that annual fuel prices were even lower was back in 2009, when gas was at an average of 2.35 dollars. Latest data reveals that the number of vehicles on US roads is evidently increasing, with more than 260 million registered, a growing trend also backed up by the fact that owners are keeping their cars on an average 11.5 years, according to Detroit-based tracking firm Polk.
However, spending more time on the road means a steep increase in fatalities as well. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in February it estimated at least 9 percent rise in traffic deaths in 2015. The report may be considered surprising, as this increase in fatalities follows years of steady, gradual declines. Traffic deaths fell 1.2 percent in 2014 and more than 22 percent from 2000 to 2014.