2023’s Best & Worst States to Drive in – WalletHub Study

| January 17, 2023

Congestion isn’t the only concern on the road, though. People want to know that they will be driving on safe, well-maintained roads before heading out

WallHub reports with traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers an average of 51 hours and $869 during 2022, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States to Drive in, as well as expert commentary.

To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.

Best States for DrivingWorst States for Driving
1. Iowa41. California
2. Georgia42. Michigan
3. Ohio43. New Hampshire
4. Oklahoma44. Nevada
5. North Carolina45. Missouri
6. Idaho46. Maryland
7. Texas47. Rhode Island
8. Tennessee48. Delaware
9. Kansas49. Washington
10. Indiana50. Hawaii

Best vs. Worst

  • West Virginia has one of the lowest shares of rush-hour traffic congestion, 6.00 percent, which is 14.5 times lower than in California, the state with the highest at 87.00 percent.
  • Texas has the lowest average regular gas price, $2.65 per gallon, which is 1.9 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at $5.12 per gallon. 
  • Vermont has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.42, which is 12.5 times fewer than in Colorado, the state with the most at 5.24. 
  • California has the most auto-repair shops (per square root of the population), 1.509731, which is 7.6 times more than in Hawaii, the state with the fewest at 0.198042.
  • Ohio has the lowest average car insurance rate, $1,023, which is 2.5 times lower than in Florida, the state with the highest at $2,560.

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