Illinois named ninth best state to drive in

Traffic jams cost the average American driver $564 in lost time in 2021, with an average of 36 hours spent sitting in traffic.

The United States has four of the 25 worst cities in the world for traffic and 19 of the 25 worst in North America. Additionally, the World Economic Forum ranks the United States 17th out of 141 when it comes to road quality.

To find the states with the most positive driving experiences, personal finance website WalletHub compared all 50 states across 31 driving experience metrics, ranging from average gas prices to rush-hour traffic jams in through the quality of the roads.


Illinois ranked ninth out of the 50 states with a score of 59.71 out of 100. Illinois ranked fifth in “Vehicle Access and Maintenance” and sixth in “Safety,” with lower results in “ Cost of ownership and maintenance” (34) and “Traffic & Infrastructure” (36).

Among individual metrics, Illinois ranked 17th in the share of rush-hour traffic jams and 26th in road quality, but fourth in auto repair shops per capita and seventh in auto dealerships per capita.

Illinois was also one of the safest states, a metric that included indicators like traffic disorder – a composite metric that measures misbehavior incidents: phone use, speeding, speeding aggressive, hard braking and bad cornering – as well as the road fatality rate.

“Safer states have a set of policies oriented toward motor vehicle control, while unsafe states are more oriented toward adaptation,” said Jonathan Levine, professor of urban and regional planning at the University. ‘University of Michigan. declaration.

“The difference between the two suggests that policies that encourage driving make the transportation system more dangerous simply by exposing people to more trips,” Levine continued. “These would include low fuel prices (largely a function of tax differences) and long travel distances. Some of the long travel distances are simply a function of the proportion of rural residents in a state, but policies such as low-density zoning and tax policy favoring suburban and exurban development also contributes to heavy car use.”

On a per capita basis, our most dangerous states are about four times more dangerous than our safest states.

WalletHub compared the 50 states on four dimensions, including cost of ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, security, and access to vehicles and maintenance. These dimensions were assessed using 31 metrics, with each metric scored on a 100-point scale, and then using these metrics to calculate the weighted average to calculate each state’s overall score.

The data used to create this ranking was collected from sources such as the US Census Bureau, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Department of Energy, Council for Community and Economic Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Insurance Information Institute, National Insurance Crime Bureau, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, National Centers for Environmental Information, Storm Prediction Center, American Automobile Association, The Road Information Program and Federal Highway Administration.

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