Gasoline consumption in 2016 was 3.5 percent higher than in 2015. Gasoline consumption for the month of February 2017 totaled 8,024,184 gallons, which was 23 percent lower than consumption in the same month in 2016. As shown in the graph and data table below, February 2017's consumption was 6.9 percent lower than consumption during the previous month.
The reports on ethanol–blended fuel consumption and the total of motor gasoline consumption and ethanol–blended fuel consumption have additional information in relation to motor gasoline consumption.
Other indications that ethanol–blended fuels are being substituted for gasoline are both ethanol–blended fuel consumption and reported miles traveled during the driving season. The driving season is traditionally the months between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends each year, so the months of June, July, and August usually have higher demand for transportation fuels.
Note: The motor gasoline data in this report includes the three grades of gasoline (regular unleaded, midgrade, and premium) but does not include the gallons of gasoline blended with ethanol.