July 17, 2018 / 7:37 PM / 4 months ago

U.S. motor travel rose by 0.8 percent in May -DOT

NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) - * Motorists traveled 0.8 percent more miles on U.S. roads and highways in May compared with last year, data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shows.

* Travel for the month is estimated to be 286.2 billion vehicle miles, DOT says, up from 283.9 billion miles last year.

* The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for May is 269.1 billion miles, a 0.4 percent increase over last year.

* Cumulative travel for 2018 is up 0.3 percent, or 4.2 billion miles, DOT says.

* Motorists drove 1.2 percent more miles on U.S. roads and highways in 2017 versus 2016

* Motorists increased miles traveled on U.S. roads and highways for the sixth consecutive year in 2017, according to DOT.

* U.S. motor travel is closely watched by traders since the U.S. accounts for roughly 10 percent of global gasoline demand.

Reporting By Jarrett Renshaw Editing by Susan Thomas

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