Travel on U.S. roads fell 12.1% in February over 2020 levels

Cars fill the road as people travel before the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Chicago
FILE PHOTO: Cars fill the road as people travel before the Thanksgiving Day holiday in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Travel on U.S. roads fell by 12.1%, or 28.3 billion miles, in February compared with the same month last year as millions of Americans continue to work at home and skip leisure trips amid COVID-19.

For the 12 months ending in February, road travel fell 15.3% to 2.77 trillion miles, the lowest total since 2000, down 497 billion miles. Travel was down 0.4% in February over January according to seasonally adjusted figures.

(Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul)