Americans use more than a gallon of gasoline per person each day

Americans used about 392 million gallons of gasoline per day in 2016. With about 324 million people in the United States (as of December 31, 2016) 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 is the main product that U.S. oil refineries produce.

Most gasoline is used in cars and light trucks
Hundreds of cars in a traffic jam

Source: Stock photography (copyrighted)

U.S. consumers use gasoline in

  • Cars, sport utility vehicles, light trucks, and motorcycles
  • Recreational vehicles and boats
  • Small aircraft
  • Equipment and tools used in construction, farming, forestry, and landscaping
  • Electricity generators for portable and emergency power supply

Gasoline is the primary transportation fuel used in the United States

In 2016, gasoline accounted for about 60% of total transportation sector energy consumption, 48% of all petroleum consumption, and 17% of total U.S. energy consumption.1

Light-duty vehicles (cars, sport utility vehicles, and small trucks) account for about 90% of all gasoline consumption in the United States.2

1 Gasoline includes aviation gasoline and motor gasoline, which includes fuel ethanol.

2 Estimates from the Annual Energy Outlook 2017, Reference case, Table 37, January 2017.