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Survey Finds, on Average, Americans Drive Almost 30 Miles Per Day

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — How many miles do you drive per day?

A just-released study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute shows that, on average, Americans drive 29.2 miles per day, making two trips with an average total duration of 46 minutes.

Here are other notable findings from the foundation's new American Driving Survey:

  • Motorists age 16 years and older drive, on average, 10,658 miles per year.
  • Women take more driving trips, but men spend 25 percent more time behind the wheel and drive 35 percent more miles than women.
  • Both teenagers and seniors over the age of 75 drive less than any other age group; motorists 30- to 49-years-old drive an average of 13,140 miles annually, more than any other age group.
  • The average distance and time spent driving increase in relation to higher levels of education. A driver with a grade school or some high school education drove an average of 19.9 miles and 32 minutes daily, while a college graduate drove an average of 37.2 miles and 58 minutes.
  • Drivers who reported living “in the country” or “a small town” drive greater distances (12,264 miles annually) and spend a greater amount of time driving than people who described living in a “medium sized town” or city (9,709 miles annually).
  • Motorists in the South drive the most (11,826 miles annually), while those in the Northeast drive the least (8,468 miles annually).
  • On average, Americans drive fewer miles on the weekend than on weekdays.
  • Americans drive, on average, the least during winter months (January through March) at 25.7 miles daily; they drive the most during the summer months (July through September) at 30.6 miles daily.

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