No two cities are created equally when it comes to driving experiences.
WalletHub has conducted a study, taking a look at 100 of the most populated cities in the U.S., noting how friendly they are to drivers. The company analyzed 21 key metrics, including average gas prices, average annual traffic delays, rates of car theft and car clubs per capita, ranking them overall in terms of time, money and safety.
Texas led the way for being driver-friendly, with the top two cities residing in the state: Lubbock and Corpus Christi. Rounding out the top 10 best cities were Lincoln, NE, Greensboro, NC, Tucson, AZ, Reno, NV, Durham, NC, Colorado Springs, CO, Winston-Salem, NC and Raleigh, NC. Reno was also the highest rated in the “Traffic and Road Conditions” ranking.
As for the worst cities? Well, New York, NY unsurprisingly topped the list. Coming in second was Washington, D.C., while third place honors went to Philadelphia, PA. Residents of California might be shocked to hear that the first city to place in the top 10 worst cities to be a driver was San Francisco, CA, while Detroit, MI finished out the top 5. Leading the way for the rest of the top 10 worst list is Newark, NJ, Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD and Los Angeles, CA.
Other cities that received recognition include Birmingham, AL for topping the “Costs” rank, Laredo, TX leading the way for the “Safety” rank and Las Vegas, NV the best for the “Driver and Car Wellness” rank.