The 6 Months with the Most Traffic

The 6 months with the worst traffic are April, June, May, October, July, and August. The months with the worst traffic are consistent year-to-year but vary by US region.

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UPDATED: Jan 19, 2021

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Here's what you need to know...

  • Traffic has the power to ruin your day and reputation
  • Certain months of the year are much busier than others
  • Learn the busiest months to avoid the worst traffic
  • Various regions of the US have busier months than others
  • August had the most miles traveled in both 2013 and 2014

Ever had traffic ruined your day? What about make you late for a meeting, not get to your seat for the first pitch, miss the train, or just let someone down?

I think we’ve all been there, stuck motionless in our car wanting to scream!

Accidents, road work, and other unplanned events do happen, unfortunately, but you should at least know the months that our US roads are the busiest. And, be sure you’re properly insured. Simply enter your zip code to learn more!

The 6 Months with the Most Traffic

#5 – April

With 254.9 billion vehicle miles traveled in 2014, April ranks 5th out of the busiest months on US roads. This month is only growing in popularity, with a 4.6 billion increase in miles traveled between April 2013 and April 2014.

Many of the schools in the west have spring break in April, which explains why almost 60 billion of those traveled miles took place in the west.

#4 – June

The US had 261.8 billion miles traveled in June of 2014, making June the fourth busiest month on our roads. With a 3.7 billion increase from the year before, more people are choosing this summer month to hit the open road. 60.5 billion of those miles were traveled in the north-central part of America.

#3 – May and October

There is a tie for the third busiest month for US roads. Both May and October had 264.2 billion miles traveled in 2014. May had an increase of 2.4 billion miles from 2013 to 2014, while October had a surprising 6.6 billion increase. Like June, both of these months had the majority of their miles, about 60 billion, traveled in the north-central part of the US.

October is not just tied for third in the six months with the most traffic. As shown in our study about the 10 states with the worst drivers, October actually had the largest number of traffic deaths in 2018 with 3,081 people dying in fatal accidents.

#2 – July

With 266.8 billion miles traveled in 2014, another summer month, July ranks 2nd for the busiest months on our roads. This month is also getting busier each year, with 4 billion more miles traveled in July of 2014 than the previous year.

Like the third and fourth place, the second busiest month of the year had the largest number of its miles traveled in the north-central region of the US at 61 billion-plus.

#1 – August

Summer’s coming to an end, college kids are driving to school…whatever the reason, August is a very busy month on US roads. Two years in a row this warm-weather month has had the most miles traveled out of any month in the year.

In August of 2014, there were 267.8 billion miles traveled, which was a billion more than the year before. Like most of the top six busiest months, the majority of those miles, 61 billion, were traveled in the north-central region of the US.

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Consistently Busy

As seen in the above graph, the busiest months on the roads are surprisingly consistent from year to year.

Before traffic ruins your mood and reputation, do some research on where you’re headed and how you’ll get there.

Find alternative routes for problematic roads. Hopefully, some of the money you pay in taxes can go to improving our roadways so traffic doesn’t have to be such a common problem. Can you lower your car insurance payments? Find out here!

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