The United States saw a 5% increase in the number of drivers on the road this year on Election Day, according to analysis of our Openroad and TrueMotion Family apps. The average percentage of drivers on the road on the three Tuesdays prior to November 3 was 68.2%. There were 71.5% of drivers on the road on Election Day.
Trips per driver were up as well. The average number of trips per driver on Election Day was 2.85, an increase of 9.2% over the prior Tuesday. With trips on Election Day, it’s reasonable to assume these additional trips were to and from polling stations.
Miles per trip were down on Election Day as well, indicating that drivers were taking shorter trips overall. If drivers were going to their local polling station, trips would likely be shorter. The average miles per trip on the three Tuesdays prior to the election was 10.47. Election Day saw 9.6 miles per trip, a drop of 8.3%.
Driving levels returned to normal after Election Day.
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