Every U.S. city offers its own unique challenges when it comes to getting around, especially when it comes to driving. The average American driver spends about 200 hours on the road each year, plus also spend another 41 hours sitting in traffic. In order to find the cities that are most driver-friendly, WalletHub took a look at multiple factors in a study conducted in 2016. WalletHub looked at multiple data sets, including average gas prices, length of traffic delays and number of auto shops per capita. The study focused on the 100 most populated cities across the U.S. to determine both the worst and the best cities to spend time behind the wheel.
Worst and Best Cities to Drive in
The study concluded that Scottsdale, Arizona is the best city to be a driving around every day. It won with a total score of 69.94 out of 100. Quite a few Arizona cities made it into the top ten; half of the top ten to be exact.
Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City and Colorado Springs all made the list of best cities to drive in as well. They ranked, in order:
- Lincoln ranked 32nd with a score of 60.21
- Colorado Springs ranked 39th with a score of 59.31
- Omaha ranked 54th with a score of 56.55
- Kansas City ranked 64th with a score of 55.37
All the way down at the bottom of the list as the worst city to drive in is Washington D.C. Our nation’s capital made it on the list with a score of only 36.24.
Most Expensive Cities for Car Ownership
One factor WalletHub took into account during this study was which cities car ownership costs the most. If you look at the cities where it’s most expensive to own a car, California cities win – by far. Nine of the top 12 cities where owning a car will hit your wallet most are in California; San Francisco, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, Oakland, Irvine, Bakersfield, Anaheim and Long Beach.
Communities Baxter Auto has a presence in were all fairly low on this list. Lincoln was the highest of the group at 53, Colorado Springs jumped down to 35 with Omaha at 31 and Kansas City at 27.
The study also looked at other factors that might contribute to driving conditions in each city. WalletHub compared the top couple cities with the bottom couple in each category. Our Baxter communities only made one of the lists. Lincoln ended up in a three-way tie for 4th lowest annual average hours of traffic delays.
All in all Omaha, Lincoln, Kansas City and Colorado Springs are are among the best cities for driving in. None of them experience massive amounts of traffic, rainfall or high car-theft rates. Each one of the cities Baxter Auto is proud to call home falls in the top 100 most populated cities in America and are designed to make getting around by driving fairly easy.