Dubbed the “American Driving Survey” from AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety…this comprehensive analysis scrutinizes the minute details of American driving habits…from daily to annually. The ongoing study officially began May 2013, and the first full year data (ending May 2014) has already revealed some interesting driving behavioral trends.
Here are some of the first-year results discovered by the American Driving Survey:
- 29.2 miles per day or 10,658 miles per year – is the average amount driven by motorists age 16 years and older
- Drivers 30-49 years old drive more than any other age group (13,140 miles annually)…while teenagers & seniors over the age of 75 drive less than any other age group
- Men spend 25 percent more time behind the wheel and drive 35 percent more miles than women…but women take more driving trips overall
- Drivers’ level of academic Education has a high correlation to average distance and time spent behind the wheel. College graduates daily average: 37.2 miles and 58 minutes. Drivers with a grade school or some high school education average: 19.9 miles and 32 minutes daily
- Drivers in rural areas drive greater distances (12,264 miles annually) and spend more overall time driving than dwellers of “medium sized towns” or cities (9,709 miles annually).
- On Weekends, fewer average miles are driven by Americans than weekdays.
- More driving during Summer months (July through September) at 30.6 miles daily … Winter months (January through March) only 25.7 miles daily
Probably the largest and most valuable use of this ongoing study will be aimed at reducing auto accidents, states Kissinger:
“This new data, when combined with available crash data, will allow us to conduct unique, timely studies on crash rates for the first time…This will allow us to identify specific problems and evaluate various safety countermeasures to a degree never before possible.”
As a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (aaafoundation.org) is a publicly supported charitable educational and research organization. Dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads, the Foundation’s mission is to prevent crashes and save lives through education about traffic safety.