Study ranks best & worst driving states in U.S.


West Virginia has found itself just outside the top 10 list of ‘2019’s Worst States to Drive in,’ according to a recent study.

The personal finance website WalletHub recently released a study titled ‘2019’s Best & Worst States to Drive in.’ This study compared all 50 U.S. states across 30 key indicators of a positive commute, including percentage of rush hour traffic congestion, road quality and average gas prices.

These metrics were then used to create rankings in four key categories. These categories were cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety and access to vehicles and maintenance. Each state was then given a total score and ranked from 1-50 to determine the best 

West Virginia was ranked as the 40th ‘Best State to Drive in,’ or as the 11th ‘Worst State to Drive in.’ This landed the Mountain State just outside of the top 10 worst driving states which included Maryland, New Jersey, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, California, Washington, Alaska and in last place, Hawaii. 

Source: WalletHub

Despite its low overall ranking, West Virginia ranked in the top half of U.S. states in the ‘Cost of Ownership and Maintenance’ ranking at 21 in the country. West Virginia ranked in the bottom half of the states in the other three categories, including 39 in the ‘Traffic and Infrastructure’ ranking, 33 in the ‘Safety’ ranking and 41 in the ‘Access to Vehicles and Maintenance’ ranking.

To view the complete results of this study, including in-depth information for the rankings of all 50 states, click here.

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