In the United States, the average driver puts in between 13,476 and 15,000 miles per year on a vehicle. These statistics may vary from year to year, however.
Most Americans drive for economic and social reasons, and driving is an important part of American culture.
According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, or FHWA, how many miles each person logs depends on the state in which they reside. In some states, people do a lot of driving. In Wyoming, for instance, the average amount of miles driven is 21,821 annually. However, in Alaska, people typically drive less, only 9,915 miles on average, each year.
How much each person drives also depends on gender. The FHWA posits that men on average drive more miles than women. Men drive 16,550 miles per year, but women only drive 10,142 miles per year.
Also, the FHWA suggests that age is also a factor in miles driven. Women who are older than the age of 65 drive fewer miles than any other age group; they average a mere 4,785 miles each year. Men between the ages of 35 and 54 drive the most miles, averaging 18,858 miles per year.
Driving statistics change as driving habits change. Some people are driving less in recent years, due to unemployment and higher gas prices.