The following Ford advertising has owner testimonials about the number of miles they put on their Fords. I've also seen classified ads for used cars with more miles than I would have guessed considering the roads and service (or lack of):
Model K, 7,000 miles in one year and Model N, 8000 miles in less than a year:
Model T taxi, 4000 miles between Dec 1908 and April 1909:
This 1909 Ford Times front page says a converted NRS has covered 40,000 miles of railroad track:
All of them.
Like today, I expect there was wide variation. Some people went on long trips, and others stayed close to home. A salesman would run up lots of miles, while a shopkeeper might walk a few blocks to work and only go for Sunday afternoon pleasure drives.
I'm sure Pierce Arrow put on more miles and provided a better ride!
(just thought I would beat someone else to the comment)
I think it depended where they lived. From what my mother tells me, my grandfather living in Detroit favored the Michigan Avenue street car for his early days at the Rouge and his car usually stayed in the garage. I do remember when he drove to work in the sixties, the Rouge emissions were very hard on his paint job.
However, my uncles told me grandpa enjoyed long trips to Florida via 25W and many trips into norther Michigan.
My grandmother never learned to drive.
Also I think the daring of the individual plays into it. My great uncle was wounded three times at the Battle of the Somme. Survived. Spent the next number of years living it up, enjoying his second chance at life as it were. He ended up in California. Bought a second hand T and drove it to Great Village, Nova Scotia. I can't imagine these stories are rare!! What a hoot it must have been!
You're onto something, Rob. It's how daring one is. Takes all kinds to make the world 'round, I guess. I enjoy T driving. I just don't have the time and money to do as much as I'd like. Given the time and money, I'd drive one cross country. I'm certainly not afraid to do it. Some, on the other hand, are afraid to go more than around the block.