Hitting the road for that quintessential American road trip this summer? You're not alone.
“Americans drove 3.1 trillion miles in 2015, which was an all-time record and 3.5 percent higher than in 2014,” says Julie Hall, a spokesperson for the AAA National Office. “The great American road trip is back, largely due to cheaper gas prices.”
With road-trip season upon us and record numbers of drivers jumping behind the wheel, CarInsurance.com analyzed eight different motoring metrics to identify which states offered the best (and worst) driving conditions.
Each state was scored on the following factors:
- Percent of median household income that goes to car insurance
- Estimated percent of uninsured drivers
- Annual traffic deaths per 100,000 population
- Percent of roads in poor/mediocre condition
- Percent of bridges deemed structurally deficient
- Estimated extra cost of car repair due to driving on bad roads
- Average price of a gallon of gasoline
- Yearly delay, in hours, per auto commuter in state’s most congested city
- Number of federally designated byways (the umbrella term for the collection of 150 distinct and diverse roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of transportation that includes the National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads) was used as a tie-breaker
If you don't see your state in the top five and bottom five here, find where your state ranks in our complete "Best and worst states for drivers" ranking.