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U.S. traffic volume reaches a three-year high

Posted On Wed, March 2, 2011

The traffic on American roadways over the past few years has hit an all-time high.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans drove three trillion miles in 2010, the most the country has seen since 2007 and the third-highest number of miles traveled in a year on record.

The report also tracked which regions of the country saw the biggest increase in miles during busy travel months like December. The South Gulf area saw the largest regional increase when compared to December 2009. The single state with the largest increase in miles traveled in December was Nebraska.

"More driving means more wear and tear on our nation's roads and bridges," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This new data further demonstrates why we need to repair the roads and bridges that are the lifeblood of our economy."

The disrepair of America's roadways only increases the necessity for auto insurance, as rough conditions can lead to costly maintenance. More cars tends to increase the risk of accidents as well, but surprisingly, traffic-related fatalities reached historic lows last year.

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