I love visiting my family in California. The beach never gets old, the weather is always great and spending quality time with them is the best however, as a car guy every time I drive in California I can't help but wonder what the government is doing with all that tax money. Their roads are certainly the last thing on their minds, frankly they might be the worst roads I've ever driven on outside of Mexico and Oklahoma City. The drivers don't help either so when I saw that WalletHub had released a study called "2021's Best & Worst States To Drive In" I had to look up California and of course Idaho. I can't say this is much of a surprise but California is ranked 49 out of 50. Idaho on the other hand made the top 10 and came in at number 8. Add that to the list of why Californian's are moving to Boise by the truckload. How did Wallethub arrive at this conclusion? Check out the full list and their methodology below.

"To help drivers identify the states that provide the best commuting conditions, WalletHub compared the 50 states across four key dimensions: 1) Cost of Ownership & Maintenance, 2) Traffic & Infrastructure, 3) Safety and 4) Access to Vehicles & Maintenance."

Best & Worst Driving States

Overall Rank StateTotal Score Cost of Ownership & Maintenance Traffic & Infrastructure Safety Access to Vehicles & Maintenance 
1Texas62.891633182
2Indiana62.172223319
3North Carolina61.84331239
4Iowa61.821793222
5Tennessee61.631264121
6Kentucky60.904242030
7Maine60.602619536
8Idaho60.592571545
9South Dakota60.49924837
10Ohio60.17532377
11Wisconsin60.1110204017
12Kansas60.0319103133
13Nebraska59.971883631
14Illinois58.98343765
15North Dakota58.932433946
16Virginia58.797402513
17Georgia58.741241278
18Montana58.521414943
19New York58.51404624
20Oklahoma58.3720153526
21Utah57.8628181232
22Vermont57.7033121038
23Alabama57.698174425
24Wyoming57.572244248
25Arizona57.2430212128
26Arkansas57.0323114334
27Florida56.753137293
28West Virginia56.5413233842
29Mississippi56.3815134635
30Alaska55.743761750
31South Carolina55.416274727
32Minnesota55.2227302618
33Louisiana55.053625929
34New Mexico54.752954544
35Connecticut54.644334324
36Nevada54.2639161641
37Oregon54.1545142423
38Michigan53.4541282211
39Massachusetts53.084250410
40Missouri52.9911295015
41Colorado52.7132392816
42New Jersey51.424448812
43New Hampshire51.4121453440
44Pennsylvania50.834644306
45Rhode Island50.134747147
46Delaware50.0135361149
47Maryland49.9138491420
48Washington49.8248351314
49California49.38494271
50Hawaii36.4250431939

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric.

Source: WalletHub

 

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