Road Travel Rises by 2.6% in April, US DOT Reports

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U.S. road travel rose by 2.6% in April compared to a year ago, according to data released June 23 by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The April figures mark the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in vehicle miles traveled, according to DOT data, reflecting the surge in U.S. driving activity amid the crude oil rout and low pump prices.

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The 2.6% rise was the lowest year-over-year increase since January, when road travel jumped by 1 percent, according to DOT data.

Travel for the month was estimated at 272.8 billion vehicle miles, according to the DOT.

Driving activity in the United States is closely watched since the country accounts for about 10% of global gasoline demand.