CHARLOTTE, NC – For most Americans, sitting in a car for long periods of time during the day is an inevitable reality. In fact, 87 percent of daily trips in the United States are made in personal vehicles, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. However, the impact of these trips on our daily life can easily vary from one city to another. When it comes to the best cities in the United States to drive, four of the top 10 cities in the country are in Tar Heel state, according to a new WalletHub list released this week.
The personal finance website ranked 100 cities based on 29 metrics into four categories: cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety and vehicle access, and maintenance.
When it comes to quality of life, time spent in a car is a big factor. Drivers spend an average of nearly 300 hours a year on the road with an average household bill of $ 1,700 when you factor in lost time and gasoline due to traffic jams, WalletHub said.
Drivers in North Carolina, however, are better off than most, WalletHub found. Raleigh, North Carolina ranked as the best city for driving in the United States, just above Corpus Christi, Texas. Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Durham all made the top 10. Charlotte was not far behind, ranking 19th among the nation’s best cities to drive.
It’s quite cheap to own a car in North Carolina, according to the study. Raleigh was ranked the best US city in terms of cost of ownership and maintenance, closely followed by Greensboro (# 2), Durham (# 4), Winston-Salem (# 5) and Charlotte (# 7 ).
Here are the Top 10 best cities in the world to drive, according to WalletHub:
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Orlando florida
- Greensboro, North Carolina
- Plano, Texas
- Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Durham, North Carolina
- El Paso, Texas
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Tampa, Florida
When it comes to travel times, Greensboro was the best city in the country for the fewest hours spent in traffic jams. On the other end of the spectrum, commuters in Miami, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles all rack up the most hours spent in traffic jams each year.
So where is the worst place to drive in the United States? According to the study, the worst place to get behind the wheel is Detroit, Michigan.