Americans use more than a gallon of gasoline per person each day
Americans used about 375 million gallons of gasoline per day in 2014. With about 319 million people in the United States in 2014, that calculates to more than a gallon of gasoline every day for each person.
Gasoline is the primary transportation fuel used in the United States
Gasoline is one of the major fuels consumed in the United States, and it is the main product refined from crude oil. About 10% of the volume of finished motor gasoline now consumed in the United States is ethanol. In 2014, gasoline (including fuel ethanol) accounted for about 65% of all the energy used for transportation, 47% of all petroleum consumption, and 17% of total U.S. energy consumption. About 45 barrels of gasoline are produced in U.S. refineries from every 100 barrels of oil refined to make petroleum products.
Gasoline is used in most cars, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks. Gasline is also used in boats; recreational vehicles; small aircraft; and farm, construction, and landscaping equipment.
Most of the gasoline consumed in the United States is used in light-duty vehicles
Light-duty vehicles (cars, sport utility vehicles, and small trucks) in the United States account for about 90% of all gasoline consumed. The total amount of gasoline these vehicles use is determined by the number of vehicles, how many miles they travel, and the fuel economy of the vehicles. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates1 that there were about 227 million light-duty vehicles in use in 2014, and the average number of miles traveled per vehicle was about 11,750 miles. The average fuel economy of all light-duty vehicles was about 22.25 miles per gallon.
1. Estimates from the Annual Energy Outlook 2015, reference case tables 2, 37, 40, 41, and 42