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AAA: Most drivers hit the road during fall

Posted at 5:59 AM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 13:16:51-04

If you're noticing more cars on the road this week, you're absolutely right.

As kids head back to school your morning commute gets a little bit longer, according to new statistics released by AAA. The study says most American drivers drive during the fall, from October to December. Drivers avoid hitting the road during the winter months.

More from AAA:

  • On average, men report driving 2,314 more miles than women per year and spend 18 percent more time behind the wheel.

  • More than 86 percent of U.S. households have at least one car for every driver in the home and 28 percent report having more cars than drivers.

  • Seniors over the age of 75 drive fewer miles (5,840 annually) than teenagers (7,551 annually). Drivers ages 30-49 drive an average of 13,506 miles annually, more than any other age group.

  • Drivers who report living in rural areas drive more miles (13,029 annually) compared to drivers who live in cities or towns (10,571 annually).

  • Motorists in the Midwest and Southern regions drive more (11,295 miles annually) compared to those in the Northeast (9,328 miles annually).

  • Over 66 percent of total driving trips and nearly 62 percent of total miles driven are done by drivers without a passenger in the vehicle. Women are 24 percent more likely than men to have a passenger in the vehicle on any given trip.

  • On average, Americans drive the most during the fall (October through December) at 31.5 miles daily and drive the least during the winter (January through March) at 26.2 miles daily.