(Reuters) – U.S. motorists drove 11% fewer miles in July than a yr in the past as drivers stayed residence because of to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Division of Transportation (DOT) reported Tuesday in a month-to-month report.
U.S. motorists protected 262.four billion auto miles in July, 33.2 billion car miles much less than the exact same month a calendar year earlier. The fall came as govt lockdowns to end the unfold of coronavirus stored drivers residence.
The most important declines were observed on the East Coastline, wherever mileage in the North fell 15.four% and in the South by 11.three%. Driving on urban Interstate roadways fell by 14.8%, the sharpest decline noticed in one street category.
U.S. mileage has been down below 12 months-ago ranges due to the fact March, when American enterprises and universities initial closed thanks to the virus. The most affordable amounts ended up observed in April, when govt limits have been most widespread.
U.S. driving knowledge is closely viewed by oil market members because gasoline and diesel use are key drivers of oil selling prices.