2022’s Best & Worst States to Drive in
Wallet Hub, Jan 18, 2022
Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. It makes you late, and causes many people’s tempers to flare up. It’s also quite bad for your wallet – in fact, congestion cost the average U.S. driver $564 in wasted time during 2021, with an average of 36 hours spent sitting in traffic. The U.S. also has four out of the world’s 25 worst cities for traffic, and 19 of the worst 25 in North America. Due to COVID-19, though, traffic congestion has been well below pre-pandemic levels – 63 hours less per person.
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. The U.S. has a fairly good track record in these regards, but certainly doesn’t top the list. For example, the World Economic Forum only places the U.S. at rank 17 of 141 when it comes to road quality.
Road conditions naturally aren’t consistent across the entire country. To identify the states with the most positive driving experiences, WalletHub compared all 50 states across 31 key indicators of a positive commute. Their data set ranges from average gas prices to rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.
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|Cost of Ownership & Maintenance
|Traffic & Infrastructure
|Access to Vehicles & Maintenance