FOTW #1107, November 11, 2019: Changes in Vehicle Miles Traveled Often Mirror Gasoline Price Changes

November 11, 2019

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The number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) often mirrors changes in the price of gasoline. The figure below shows the percentage change in gasoline prices and VMT from one year to the next (e.g., January 2009 data were compared with January 2008 data). Still, the price of gasoline is just one of many factors influencing vehicle travel, including demographics, economic growth, and transportation mode shifts.

Graphic showing changes in the price of gasoline and vehicle miles traveled from January 2008 to June 2019 (three-month moving average). The number of VMT often mirrors changes in the price of gasoline.

Note: Prices are for regular gasoline.

Sources: Federal Highway Administration, Traffic Volume Trends, July 2019 and previous monthly editions.
Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, August 2019, Table 9.4.

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