American drivers spend an average of more than 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The research finds that more than 87.5 percent of Americans aged 16 years and older reported driving in the past year. During this time, drivers travelled nearly 10,900 miles on average and spent more than 290 hours on the road.
“The amount of time the average driver spends behind the wheel each year is equivalent to seven 40-hour weeks at the office,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “It’s clear that traveling by car remains a central part of American’s lives.”The American Driving Survey is the most current and comprehensive look at how much Americans drive on a daily and yearly basis. It revealed that Americans drove a total of 2.45 trillion miles last year, which is a 2.4 percent increase from 2014.