3 Percent Increase in Travel
The 3% increase in fuel utilization in the first six months of 2016 is the best estimate of the overall increase in travel miles. In just one year there would not be that much of a change in miles per gallon or an increase in non-gas type of vehicles, and the distribution by vehicle type (e.g., CMV, nonCMV) would not change that much either. So we can conclude that about 3% of the change, and possibly as much as 4 to 6% over the 2014-2016 was the result of this demographic change.
U.S. Drivers Consumed 71.8 Billion Gallons of Gasoline in First Half of 2016
American vehicles consumed 71.8 billion gallons of gasoline in the first half of 2016, an increase of 3 percent over the same period a year earlier. It is the highest amount on record and the sixth consecutive increase in national gasoline consumption for the first six months of any year on record.