If there is any upside to many people in Maryland working in a virtual environment during this COVID-19 pandemic is that we are not spending as much time on the roads. That being said for those that still are spending a lot of time on the roads it appears as if Maryland is one of the worst states to drive in today. Here is information via WalletHub:
With U.S. traffic congestion costing U.S. drivers $88 billion in 2019 but driving reduced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States to Drive in, as well as accompanying videos.
To determine the most driver-friendly states in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality.
Driving in Maryland (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 49th – Share of Rush-Hour Traffic Congestion
- 22nd – Car Theft Rate
- 16th – Auto-Repair Shops per Capita
- 42nd – Avg. Gas Prices
- 44th – Auto-Maintenance Costs
- 28th – Car Dealerships per Capita
Overall: Maryland ranks 47th in the nation
For the full report, please visit:
Here is a short video on this topic:
I reached out to WalletHub about how Maryland ranked in previous years and this is what they sent me:
Yes, we’ve been publishing the study every year since 2018. Please see Maryland’s ranks below. However, note that we have been updating the methodology every year, and don’t recommend direct comparisons between reports.
I still find looking at the past and present interesting so I went ahead with publishing those numbers as well in this post.
My family down in Tennessee will be happy to see that their state made the Top 5. For my family up in Pennsylvania, y’all are in nearly the same boat (ranked 44th) as we are here in Maryland.