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the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, With traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers an average of 36 hours and $564 during 2021, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst States to Drive in, New Jersey surprisingly did not do as poorly as expected . We all noticed the increasing congestion and massive traffic backup’s on Route 4 and Route 17 . New Jersey placed 38 overall with a score of 53.75 . We ranked 36th in cost of ownership, 48th Traffic & Infrastructure and amazingly ,ranked 4th in safety.
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.
|Best States for Driving||Worst States for Driving|
|1. Iowa||41. Wyoming|
|2. Oklahoma||42. Missouri|
|3. Kansas||43. Michigan|
|4. North Carolina||44. Colorado|
|5. Texas||45. Washington|
|6. Georgia||46. Maryland|
|7. Wisconsin||47. California|
|8. Tennessee||48. Delaware|
|9. Illinois||49. Rhode Island|
|10. Indiana||50. Hawaii|
Best vs. Worst
West Virginia has one of the lowest shares of rush-hour traffic congestion, 6.00 percent, which is 14.5 times lower than in California, the state with the highest at 87.00 percent.
Oklahoma has the lowest average regular gas price, $2.98 per gallon, which is 1.6 times lower than in California, the state with the highest at $4.71 per gallon.
Vermont has the fewest car thefts (per 1,000 residents), 0.42, which is 12.5 times fewer than in Colorado, the state with the most at 5.24.
California has the most auto-repair shops (per square root of the population), 1.513006, which is 7.5 times more than in Hawaii, the state with the fewest at 0.201255.
Maine has the lowest average car insurance rate, $858, which is 3.3 times lower than in Louisiana, the state with the highest at $2,839.
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