October 25, 2019 / 2:50 PM / 19 days ago

U.S. drivers increase miles in August: Department of Transportation

FILE PHOTO: Traffic is pictured at twilight along 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorists traveled 0.7% more miles on U.S. roads and highways in August compared with a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Transportation said in a monthly report Thursday.

Drivers logged an estimated 288.1 billion vehicle miles in the month. Miles have risen 0.9% in all of 2019 compared with a year earlier.

The data can be used as an indicator of demand for gasoline and diesel.

Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; editing by David Evans

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