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How far do you drive each day?

According to Statistics Canada, light vehicles in Canada were driven an average of 16,000 km (km), or 44 km per day, during 2005. Light vehicles are those that weigh less than 4.5 tonnes and include all cars, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks.

Drivers of light vehicles averaged 46 km per day on weekdays, compared to 39 km on weekends and holidays. They averaged 34 km between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., 9 km from 6:00 p.m. until midnight and only 1 km from midnight to 6:00 a.m.

Men do more driving, an average of 30 km per day, than do women at 14 km. Drivers aged 25 to 64 drove 36 km per day, while older drivers averaged 6 km and younger drivers only 2 km.

The stats are from the Canadian Vehicle Survey, which measures the activity of all on-road vehicles registered in Canada with the exception of some vehicles such as buses, motorcycles, construction equipment and road maintenance equipment.

Posted Sept. 24, 2006