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EERE #1041: Households Take Fewer Vehicle Trips in 2017

Transportation Analysis Fact of the Week #1041

August 6, 2018

Households Take Fewer Vehicle Trips in 2017

The average number of vehicle trips made by a household in a year’s time was 1,865 in 2017, which translates to an average of 5 household trips per day (one-way).  That is 10% lower than the previous survey year, 2009, and 20% lower than the 1995 survey.  In 2017 there were fewer trips per household for work, shopping, other family/personal errands, and social & recreational purposes.  The rise in internet shopping, telecommuting, and social networking via the internet may be a factor in the decline, as total trips per household has been declining since 1995.

Number of Vehicle Trips per Household by Trip Purpose, 1969-2017

Note: A vehicle trip is defined as one start and end movement from location to location in a single privately-operated vehicle regardless of the number of persons in the vehicle.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Surveywebsite, accessed June 6, 2018.

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