Americans reportedly spend the equivalent of a six-week vacation stuck in traffic.
Anyone who has driven (translation: taken their life into their own hands) in New York, San Francisco or Boston will not be surprised to see these cities ranked among the top 10 worst cities to be a driver as compiled by personal finance site WalletHub.
Americans reportedly spend the equivalent of a six-week vacation stuck in traffic. And if that wasn’t bad enough, we spend about $124 billion annually—or about $1,700 per household--on wasted time and gas. Added to that is the extra $515 tab for maintenance and repairs induced by the comparatively poor quality of America’s roads, which are currently ranked 16 in the world and receive a “D” grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
And while some of America’s big cities are havens for drivers, others are hell. To steer you away from the country’s most challenging commutes, WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated American cities according to the costs of car ownership and commuting as well as the environment for leisure drivers. The study considered four key areas: Costs, traffic and road conditions, safety and driver and car wellness.
Buckle up: Here, in ascending order, are the 10 worst cities to be a driver:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
- New York
Among the top 100 cities, Washington, D.C. ranks 95th for the highest average annual hours of traffic delays, while L.A. and San Francisco tied for 87th. Boston is ranked the worst when it comes to highest likelihood of an accident (compared with the national average), followed by Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
None of the top 10 cities were ranked worst for car thefts (St. Louis can stake that claim) five of the cities—New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia—have the highest parking rates.
To end this on a positive note, Lubbock, TX, was ranked America’s best city to be a driver, followed by Corpus Christi, Lincoln, NE, Greensboro, NC, and Tucson.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.