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WalletHub Study: California Is 2023’s 10th Worst State to Drive in

With traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers an average of 51 hours and $869 during 2022, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States to Drive in, as well as expert commentary.

To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.

Driving in California (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 45th – Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion
  • 16th – Traffic Fatality Rate
  • 48th – Car Theft Rate
  • 49th – Avg. Gas Prices
  • 25th – Auto-Maintenance Costs
  • 40th – Road Quality

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This article was released by WalletHub.

Excerpts from the report:

Best & Worst Driving States

Overall Rank State Total Score Cost of Ownership & Maintenance Traffic & Infrastructure Safety Access to Vehicles & Maintenance
41 California 51.37 49 41 10 1

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.

% of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion

45. California

Days with Precipitation

1. California

Car Theft Rate

48. California

Avg. Gas Prices

49. California