AAA: Americans Spend 70 Billion Hours Behind The Wheel

Americans spend an additional 20 minutes driving each week compared to 2014, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Over the course of the year, Americans collectively spend 70 billion hours behind the wheel — an 8-percent increase since 2014. And, each week, drivers travel more than 220 miles.

This works out to Americans driving an average of 11,498 miles each year — the equivalent of making two roundtrip drives from San Francisco to Washington, DC.

The AAA Foundation’s American Driving Survey shows that, on average, U.S. drivers spend nearly an hour behind the wheel each day and travel 31.50 miles — a 5-percent increase from 2014. Other findings show that …
• Men spend 19 percent more time behind the wheel and drive 27 percent more miles than women.
• People who are married or living with a partner spend at least 12 percent more time driving than those who are not.
• Drivers ages 75 and over spend, on average, eight minutes a day driving — a 23-percent increase from 2014.
• Drivers in the West spend the most time driving at 58.90 minutes per day, followed by drivers in the Northeast (51.10 minutes), South (49.90 minutes) and Midwest (44.50 minutes).
• The number of drivers in the Midwest dropped 3 percent.
• The number of drivers in the Northeast, South and Western regions increased or remained the same.