Gasoline consumption in 2017 was 10.9 percent lower than in 2016 as shown in the data table below. Also, gasoline consumption for the month of April 2018 totaled 8,851,611 gallons, which was 6.3 percent lower than consumption in the same month in 2017. April 2018's consumption was less than one percent (0.09%) higher than consumption during the previous month. In Figure 1, it can be seen that consumption remains at the lower boundary of the five–year range and below the five–year average and last year's consumption.
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.