Driving around, especially during snowbird season, it’s hard to believe that Florida is NOT the worst state to drive in. Which state is?
Driving in Florida is a unique experience, to say the least. From the never-ending construction to the unpredictable weather, it can be a real challenge. First, there are the tourists. They’re easy to spot with their out-of-state plates and sudden stops to take pictures of palm trees. Next, there are the retirees. They’re easy to spot driving cars from the 1980s at a snail’s pace. Then there are the spring breakers. These college students are on a mission to party and they don’t care who gets in their way.
While that’s my experience with driving in Florida, and possibly yours too, it might surprise you that Florida is NOT the worst state to drive in. In fact, it came in at the 12th best in the United States. Hawaii ranked dead last.
WalletHub conducted a study looking at 4 key factors: cost of ownership & maintenance, traffic & infrastructure, safety and access to vehicles & maintenance.
When it comes to cost of owning a car, Florida came in at #26. Florida was tired for 1st place on available car washes and 4th place for number of auto shops.
Traffic and infrastructure however, we didn’t do so hot. If you’ve driving to Orlando on I-4 or pretty much anywhere in Miami, you know what I mean. So while for congestion Florida scored near the bottom, 44th out of 50, for safety we were ranked #17.
The best states for driving are Iowa, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and North Carolina. The worst are Hawaii, Washington, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maryland.