While a lot of people love their cars, driving in them is another thing, especially if you live in an area that’s known for traffic. And it’s not just traffic that can ruin a perfectly good trip in the car, road hazards, gas prices and more can put a damper on your driving fun. Well, there’s no doubt drivers in some areas of the country experience these problems way more than others, and a new report reveals which folks have it the best, and the worst.
WalletHub just came out with their list of the best and worst states to drive in, judging the 50 states across 23 key indicators of a positive commute, including things like average gas prices, share of rush-hour traffic congestion, road quality and more.
The overall best state for driving is Texas, which scores a 63.68 out of 100, earning a high rating for access to vehicles and maintenance. When it comes to traffic and infrastructure, Nebraska tops the list, although it ranks third overall, while believe it or not, New York ranks highest for safety, although overall it ranks 41st on the list.
Top Ten Best Driving States(click here to find out where your state ranks)
- North Carolina
- As for the worst driving state, that would be Hawaii, which scores just 31.83, coming in dead last when it comes to cost of ownership and maintenance, and pretty low on the list for traffic and infrastructure and access to vehicles and maintenance.
Ten Worst Driving States
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey
- New York
- ONE MORE THING! When it comes to rush hour, no surprise but California is the state with the worst traffic congestion, while Mississippi has the least.