The Best (And Worst) States To Drive In

No one likes being stuck in traffic, but beyond making you late and frustrated, it’s also bad for the budget. Research shows traffic congestion cost the average U.S. driver $869 in wasted time during 2022, with an average of 51 hours spent sitting in traffic. And as much as some people love their cars, driving them is less fun when you’re dealing with high gas prices, road hazards and other problems on the road.

  • But road conditions aren’t the same across the country and a new report reveals where people deal with more problems than others. WalletHub’s list of 2023’s best and worst states to drive in is out.
  • They compared the 50 states in 31 key indicators of a positive commute, including factors like average gas prices, share of rush-hour traffic congestion and road quality.
  • Based on those, Iowa tops the list for best state, scoring a 62.61 out of 100.
  • Tennessee comes in first for lowest cost of vehicle maintenance and ownership, North Dakota is number one for traffic and infrastructure, while Massachusetts tops the list for safety.
  • As for the worst state to drive in, that goes to Hawaii, which comes in last for cost of vehicle ownership and maintenance and 43rd out of 50 for traffic and infrastructure.

Top 10 Best States to Drive in for 2023

(Find out where your state ranks here)

  1. Iowa
  2. Georgia
  3. Ohio
  4. Oklahoma
  5. North Carolina
  6. Idaho
  7. Texas
  8. Tennessee
  9. Kansas
  10. Indiana

The 10 Worst States to Drive in for 2023

  1. Hawaii
  2. Washington
  3. Delaware
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Maryland
  6. Missouri
  7. Nevada
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Michigan
  10. California
  11. New Jersey

Source: WalletHub

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