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Texas and Kansas Rank Best States to Drive In, Hawaii and Washington at Bottom

| January 25, 2018

With U.S. traffic congestion costing the average driver $1,400 per year and the U.S. ranked 13th in the world in road quality, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States to Drive in.

To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states across 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to share of rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.

Here’s how things shape up:
Best States for Driving Worst States for Driving
1 Texas 41 New York
2 Kansas 42 New Jersey
3 Nebraska 43 Rhode Island
4 Iowa 44 Massachusetts
5 North Carolina 45 Alaska
6 Oregon 46 Connecticut
7 Georgia 47 California
8 Alabama 48 Maryland
9 Arkansas 49 Washington
10 Illinois 50 Hawaii

Best vs. Worst

  • Mississippi has the lowest share of rush-hour traffic congestion, 13 percent, which is 6.5 times lower than in California, the state with the highest at 85 percent.
  • Missouri has the lowest average regular gas price, $2.266 per gallon, which is 1.5 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at $3.301 per gallon.
  • Vermont has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.45, which is 12.5 times fewer than in New Mexico, the state with the most at 5.64.
  • California has the most auto-repair shops (per square root of the population), 1.4653, which is 7.2 times more than in Alaska, the state with the fewest at 0.2027.
  • Maine has the lowest average car insurance rate, $925, which is 2.7 times lower than in Michigan, the state with the highest at $2,484.

To view the full report visit here.

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