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Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Drive In

You'll be cruising pretty in Texas, trying to tame your road rage in Hawaii
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2021 11:19 AM CST

(Newser) – There's still not a lot to do these days as we continue our weary march through the pandemic, but at least going for a drive can be a nice escape—unless you're in Hawaii, that is. That's the surprising last-place entry in WalletHub's new ranking of the best and worst states to drive in, which looked at 31 metrics in four key categories: cost of vehicle ownership and maintenance; traffic and infrastructure (including average commute time, bridge quality, and how many days of inclement weather a place has); access to vehicles and maintenance (think gas stations, car washes, and auto repair shops); and safety, which encompasses everything from car theft rates to how many traffic fatalities there are. Texas gets top marks, while the Aloha State brings up the rear. Read on to see how other states fared:

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Best States

  1. Texas
  2. Indiana
  3. North Carolina
  4. Iowa
  5. Tennessee (No. 1 in "Cost of Ownership and Maintenance" category)
  6. Kentucky
  7. Maine
  8. Idaho
  9. South Dakota
  10. Ohio

Worst States

  1. Colorado
  2. New Jersey
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Delaware
  7. Maryland
  8. Washington
  9. California
  10. Hawaii
See more on the rankings here. (Read more driving stories.)

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