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Who drives the most? Who drives the least?

As you probably can guess, the more time drivers spend on the road the more chances they have to get into an automobile accident. Although this is not the only factor, accident researchers do use statistics regarding the number of vehicles out on the roads and how frequently people drive when evaluating upward or downward car crash trends.

So how many miles does the average American drive each year? Although it can vary depending on age, gender and other characteristics, most people in the United States drive about 36.92 miles per day. This averages to approximately 44 minutes on the road each day at 55 miles per hour.

Below are other statistics regarding the number of miles Americans drive each year from a 2016 report by the Federal Highway Administration:

  • The average American motorist drives 13,476 miles per year, which is more than four times the distance between New York City and San Francisco.
  • Males drive an average of 6,408 more miles per year than females.
  • The age group that clocks the most miles behind the wheel per year is adults between ages 20 and 54.
  • The age groups that drive the least is tied between teens ages 16 to 19 and adults age 65 and over.
  • Yearly mileage rates are the highest for drivers in Wyoming, Georgia, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Minnesota.
  • Yearly mileage rates are the lowest for drivers in Alaska, Washington DC, Hawaii, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
  • People in small towns drive more miles than those in the city, due to available public transportation options and other factors.

Considering how often people are on the roads in the United States, it becomes even more apparent that automobile safety is of the utmost importance. When you get behind the wheel, make sure you stay alert, aware and free from distractions.

Accidents can, and will, happen when you least expect it. To minimize injury, make sure your car has proper airbags and safety features. It is also important for you and your passengers to fasten your seat belts and put young children in car seats, even if you are going on a short trip.

These safety precautions will not prevent an accident, but they can mean the difference between minor and severe injury. Also, be sure you have proper insurance coverage to pay for medical bills, vehicle damages and other issues associated with a car accident.

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