US: new record for American driving after just three months image

During the first three months of the year US motorists managed to post impressive mileage behind the wheel of their personal or work cars, hitting a record high in miles driven, after an increase of 3.9 percent over the same period last year.

The continued availability of lower gas prices – even as they started surging this year because of the global oil rally and internal problems of some refineries in the US – has allowed the US Transportation Department to clock in 261.7 billion miles for American drivers in March – the longest distance ever driven for the month. During the January to March period, the total stood at 720.1 billion miles – the most for any first quarter in history, rising by around 35 billion miles from the same period in 2014. The new record of 720.1 billion miles for the first quarter of the year is above the previous record of 705.7 billion established back in 2006 and no less than double what Americans logged back in the first quarter of 1982, for example, when they only drove 345.5 billion miles.

The increase of 3.9 percent in driven miles recorded in March is also the thirteenth consecutive month of growth, with the total for last year standing at 3.02 trillion miles – soaring 1.7 percent over the previous year and the highest tally since 2007, as the second part of the year saw a massive drop in gasoline prices across the US.