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Here Are the Best and Worst States for Driving


Even if you’re not commuting anymore, odds are you probably spend more time in your car than you realize. WalletHub.com found that drivers spent an average of 99 hours a year behind the wheel, and the site also discovered some major differences between all 50 states that made some commutes easier and others more stressful.

The site says that Texas is the best state for driving, thanks in part to the southwestern state’s sunny climate, cheap gas, and even its large number of car washes. At the opposite end of the spectrum, drivers in Hawaii were most likely to be miserable. After all, Hawaii might be known for its endless beaches, but it’s also very rainy, what few roads are on the islands tend to be backed up, fuel is expensive, and even car theft is high — just where those thieves take their cars is anyone’s guess, though.

Rounding out the best five states for driving are Indiana (cheap car ownership), North Carolina (much the same, plus lots of repair shops), Iowa (very little traffic) and Tennessee (the cheapest state surveyed when it came to car ownership).

The bottom of the pile was of course anchored by Hawaii, followed by California (great weather, but oh so much traffic), Washington State (expensive gas and lots of construction), Maryland (traffic for days), and Delaware (few convenient repair shops).

A few additional interesting findings included a surprisingly high number of car washes in New Jersey (fourth place) and few in Hawaii (49th place), unusually expensive fuel in Nevada (46th place), and high car theft rates in New Mexico (50th place) and Colorado (49th place).

 

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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