BTS remains open except for the Office of Airline Information, which is closed and not accepting data submissions due to an appropriations lapse.
All BTS releases, except the Transportation Services Index, will be delayed.

General

You are here

National Household Travel Survey Daily Travel Quick Facts

Daily Travel is a trip from one point to another on a single day.

HOW WE TRAVEL

  • 87 percent of daily trips take place in personal vehicles
  • 91 percent of people commuting to work use personal vehicles

HOW MANY TRIPS WE TAKE EVERY DAY

  • Americans take 1.1 billion trips a day — four for every person in the U.S
  • U.S. daily travel averages 11 billion miles a day — almost 40 miles per person per day

HOW MANY TRIPS WE TAKE IN A YEAR

  • Americans take 411 billion daily trips a year or about 1,500 trips per person
  • U.S. daily travel totals about 4 trillion miles — 14,500 miles per person

WHY WE TRAVEL

  • 45 percent of daily trips are taken for shopping and errands
  • 27 percent of daily trips are social and recreational, such as visiting a friend
  • 15 percent of daily trips are taken for commuting

WHAT WE DRIVE

  • There are 204 million personal vehicles available for regular use
    • 57 percent are cars or station wagons
    • 21 percent are vans or SUVs
    • 19 percent are light trucks

WHEN WE TRAVEL

  • The most daily trips are made on Friday (16 percent)
  • The fewest daily trips are made on Sunday (13 percent)
  • More daily trips are taken between noon and 1 p.m. (7.4 percent) than between 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. (5.5 percent)

THE AVERAGE DRIVER

  • Spends 55 minutes a day behind the wheel
  • Drives 29 miles a day

MEN VS. WOMEN

  • Women drive less (21 to 38 miles per day)
  • Men drive longer (67 to 44 minutes per day)

SOURCE: National Household Travel Survey, 2001-2002. 

Updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2017