User (Un)Friendly: The 10 Best And Worst States For Motorists

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You may not want to pack up and move just yet, but take note that those living in Utah enjoy the most motorist-friendly experience, while California residents find the proverbial deck stacked against them in this regard. That’s according to a just-released report compiled by the website CarInsurance.com.

Multiple variables were weighed in order to rank each state according to how well it treats its drivers. These include the percentage of annual income spent on insurance premiums, average gas prices, and local repair costs, including parts and labor. Also considered were the number of traffic deaths incurred per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, regional traffic congestion, the percentage of uninsured motorists, and both local road conditions and the toll bad roads impose on cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Utah earned the top ranking by virtue of its top road conditions, low traffic fatality rates, and affordable insurance premiums. California, on the other hand, came in dead last in the study because of its sky-high gas prices and repair costs, exhausting traffic jams, and dismal road conditions.

“It’s important to note that no state aced or failed every metric—instead, states may perform well in one area and come near the bottom in another,” says Les Masterson, managing editor, insurance analyst for CarInsurance.com. For example, drivers in Michigan pay the most for insurance, while New Hampshire residents pay the least. The lowest number of traffic fatalities per 100 million miles logged can be found in Massachusetts, while South Carolina winds up as the deadliest state. Mississippi has the lowest average gas prices in the nation while they’re the highest in California.

Here is CarInsurance.com’s list of the 10 best states for drivers:

  1. Utah
  2. Minnesota
  3. Maine
  4. North Dakota
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Nebraska
  7. Ohio
  8. Wyoming
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Virginia

And here are the 10 worst states in which to own a car:

  1. California
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. New Jersey
  5. Arizona
  6. Colorado
  7. West Virginia
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Nevada