Tired of paying absorbent gas prices where you live or having to spend a whole week’s paycheck just to register your SUV? Or, perhaps you can’t tolerate the awful commute to work one more day since it’s taking 2 hours to get to the office. In fact, now that you think about it, you’re just darn tired of traffic overall. If any of these scenarios apply, maybe it’s time to think about a better place to drive.
Luckily, a new report called 2018’s Best & Worst Cities to Drive could very well help you decide if it’s time to pack up the house and your set of wheels for another locale where you can afford to drive.
In other words, there could be a more driver-friendly city or state where you might be able to afford the day-to-day costs of owning and operating a vehicle.
If you live in California where traffic is always at an all-time high regardless of the time of day, you know driving a vehicle can be a nightmare. Same thing in New York where traffic also abounds on any given day and getting to and from is like navigating through a maze.
But help is here and just in time for many agitated drivers out there.
To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., the report conducted by WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 29 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter to auto-repair shops per capita.
Here’s the findings:
|Best Cities for Driving||Worst Cities for Driving|
|1||Raleigh, NC||91||Chicago, IL|
|2||Corpus Christi, TX||92||Los Angeles, CA|
|3||Orlando, FL||93||Newark, NJ|
|4||Greensboro, NC||94||New York, NY|
|5||Plano, TX||95||Boston, MA|
|6||Winston-Salem, NC||96||Seattle, WA|
|7||Durham, NC||97||Philadelphia, PA|
|8||El Paso, TX||98||Oakland, CA|
|9||Jacksonville, FL||99||San Francisco, CA|
|10||Tampa, FL||100||Detroit, MI|
Best vs. worst
- In Greensboro, North Carolina, residents spend the fewest annual hours in traffic congestion per auto commuter, 4, which is 25.5 times fewer than in Los Angeles, the city where residents spend the most at 102.
- Over in Gilbert, Arizona, the city has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.49, which is 33.1 times fewer than in Oakland, California, the city with the most at 16.23.
- Oklahoma City has the lowest average gas price, $2.58 per gallon, which is 1.5 times lower than in San Francisco, the city with the highest at $3.85 per gallon.
- Riverside, California, reportedly has the lowest average parking rate, $1.43 per two hours, which is 19.2 times lower than in Buffalo, New York, the city with the highest at $27.44 per two hours.
In the end, it’s possible that moving to another state or city could save you hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars when it comes to operating and owning a vehicle. Do your homework though before you hit the road and make the move.
If you are curious about other locations and how they rated in the study you check out the full report here.