The most recent data is in: Washington state is the second-worst state to drive in.
According to a 2018 study by Wallethub – a personal finance website – Washington ranked 49th in the country. The study used a variety of factors to determine the most positive driving experiences. The criteria used 23 indicators, including everything from average gas prices to share of rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.
According to the study, the worst state to drive in is Hawaii, and the best is Texas.
Top 5 States To Drive In
1. Texas (63.68)
2. Kansas (63.56)
3. Nebraska (63.09)
4. Iowa (62.48)
5. North Carolina (61.72)
Bottom 5 States To Drive In
46. Connecticut (48.67)
47. California (48.60)
48. Maryland (48.31)
49. Washington (44.08)
50. Hawaii (31.83)
The study compared the 50 states across four key dimensions: 1) Cost of Ownership & Maintenance, 2) Traffic & Infrastructure, 3) Safety and 4) Access to Vehicles & Maintenance.
Washington ranked 45th in cost of ownership, 39th in traffic and infrastructure, 36th in safety and 17th in access to vehicles and maintenance.
In June 2017, the same company conducted a study examining the country’s best and worst states for teen drivers. Washington came in at No. 5 in that study, with the country best ranking for teen driver laws. Seattle ranked 96th out of 100 cities in the U.S. for driving.